From our area
Browse through these atractions and stories about the area.
“ Dis olyftyd.....en dit beteken vars olyfolie vir die tafel, die slaaie, pastageregte, vis- en vleisgeregte! MAAR my bome het net een of twee olywe gedra! (foto is bewys van my drag) Ook maar dankbaar, want op die oomblik is die spreeus ‘n baie groot probleem...weens die droogte is daar nie baie vir hulle om te vreet nie en natuurlik is ander mense se bome gelaai met heerlike sappige swart en ryp olywe....dis net swart spatsels waar jy kyk! Maar dis net die eenkant van die saak. Die anderkant is, ek het geen olywe om in te le nie!!!
Olywe aard baie goed in Suid-Afrika.....ook op Vanrhynsdorp met ons kalkgrond....die van u wat al in Israel was, weet dat hulle kalkheuwels baie sterk ooreenkom met ons sin en sal ook weet hoe baie olyfboorde hulle het en vir hoeveel jare hulle al olywe oes. In die tuin van Getsemane wys hulle jou bome wat uit Jesus se tyd dateer. Mnr Piet Cillie van die plaas Rhebokskloof op Wellington word beskou as die vader van die olyfbedryf in SA. Maar soos almal van ons weet is ‘n rou olyf nie ‘n baie aangename vrug om te eet nie. Dis bitter en frank. Die olyf bevat ‘n substansie genaamd “oleuropein” wat dit die bittersmaak gee. MAAR hoe het mense honderde jare gelede uitgevind om dit eetbaar te kry? Een van die stories is dat agv die oneetbaarheid, die olywe in die see gestort is. 'n Strandloper het een opgetel wat lank in die seewater rondgedobber het, hy het dit geproe en die res is geskiedenis! Soutwater (brine) het die vermoe om die bitterheid uit olywe te trek. En hoe bly is ek vir mense met waagmoed!
Who says you only come to Namaqualand for flowers? We took a ride up OU BERG yesterday...Ou Berg is the hind part of what is known as the Gifberg...altogether officially known as the Matzikama mountain. We chose the Pendoornkraal route (a circular route going up to the top of the mountain via Urionskraal and back down via Ou Berg, past Waterval’s gate and back onto the Urionskraal road). The rock formations alongside the road are amazing..... and we played an old game, driving thru this rocky area, where you try to see/associate every formation of rock...we spotted many a creature from crocodiles to bush babies, Babylon’s gardens and Tutankhamen’s temple!!!??? The view from the top is absolutely astonishing...you can see for miles and miles at end; and the fynbos, just like the rooibos tea fields are lush and green. AND there is still quite a bit of wild flowers to be seen!!
Travelling towards the mountain you go past kilometres of vineyards and still more is being planted alongside the road. Mostly table grapes, grown and exported for the European market. The boxed grapes are hauled/carried by huge trucks to get the grapes as soon as possible to the export depot!
Another favourite route in this area is the Kobee valley.... same kind of topography. These routes are very popular with mountain bikers and each December we get guests who come just for doing the gravel mountain passes.
Pictures were all taken in the Ouberg area.
'n Splinternuwe museum!!!!....het op ons dorpie oopgemaak. Die Bus Museum...en dit het eintlik niks met busse te make nie. Alles uit dae lankverby. Goed geordern en gerangskik: ploee, strykysters, fietse, melkkanne, alle soorte plaasimplimente, huishoudelike goed en beste van alles, langsaan staan die GROEN BUS ingerig as ‘n koffiewinkel. Op ons heerlike sonskyn dae kan mens op die lekker onderdakstoep sit vanwaar jy ‘n baie mooi blik oor die dorpie het. Alles in ‘n baie plattelandse omgewing, op die dorpsgrens!!
Vanrhynsdorp has a brand new museum!!....called the “bus museum” and it has nothing to do with busses except that you can enjoy a lovely cup of tea or coffee in THE GREEN BUS. It has a lovely canopied patio for the nice sunny days we so enjoy, overlooking town. It is located on lefthand side of road leading to the Caravan Park and Gifberg. The museum houses all kinds of old household and farming equipment, all saved from the scrapyard!
With a new motel nearing completion; an established leather academy; much visited old jail cum-museum-cum-coffee shop-cum nursery; the MuisHuis coffee shop with a brand new face; Bagdad padstal, just outside of town, specialising in pancakes of your choice; and two succulent nurseries, !
Vanrhynsdorp is NOT your ordinary little town off the N7 anymore!!!! On top of that we were blessed with wonderful rains the past week (2&3 June) ...everyone in town is in high spirit! We are getting ourselves organised for our much appreciated visitors.....year after year people flock to Vanrhynsdorp, from all over the world, to see our flowers. As it is we have bookings as far and wide as Japan, France, Belgium and England, Canada/USA and Germany.
There are so many places to visit and explore: Olifants River wine route with up-market restaurants in and around Vredendal; Great wines to taste and buy; Fryers Cove winery right on the ocean in Doornbaai where you not only can taste great wines but enjoy a lovely seafood platter; the Gifberg with wonderful rock formations; Vanrhyns pass between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville with unequalled views over the Knersvlakte; Nieuwoudtville, the bulb capital of the world and much much more...... waiting to hear from you!!
The car registration numbers in town tell the whole story ....everyone is here to see our beautiful flowers. And soon the bulbs in our neighbouring town, Nieuwoudtville, will be in full bloom. The botanical gardens just outside Nieuwoudtville already have big patches of "satyn blomme". Just about 8km out of Vanrhynsdorp en route the Gifberg Mountain, you will find fields of flowers, all colours of the rainbow and best is, the farmers do not mind you opening a gate to get a closer look. Important however is just to close the gate again and stay on the used tracks. A lot of visitors do not do justice to their experience by not getting out of their cars and have an "on-foot" look at the flowers. The variety you spot within any given square metre will blow you over. Try it!
What a memorable evening! The Old Goal re-opened last Thursday as a 5 star tourist attraction after three long months of restoration. It is located right in the centre of town, next to the Information bureau. To co-celebrate this great event, Wilna Eloff exhibited some of her wonderful water colour paintings of namaqualand succulents, many endemic to this region. And of course, being part of the Olifant’s River Wine Route, we may even have over-indulged a bit! The local cuisine did not let us down either. Speaking of which – fresh, home baked bread will be available on a daily basis, not to mention Monica’s Peacock brand cappuccino. And if your body resists the idea of caffeine , try her Cappuccino Red.
Vanrhynsdorp is known for its cultivation of high quality Rooibos tea.