Praise for Pap­kuils­fontein

South African Country Life - - Your Letters -

I so en­joyed the ref­er­ence to Pap­kuils­fontein in the July 2017 is­sue of COUN­TRY LIFE, since we vis­ited this area many years ago. Read­ers may also like to make a de­tour into the Ceder­berg, es­pe­cially dur­ing spring when the flow­ers are at their best. Af­ter Clan­william, they could take the Pakhuis Pass and, af­ter cross­ing the Dor­ing River, take a left on the dirt road and pass panoramic farm­land. The old farms go by the char­ac­ter­ful names of Dronkver­driet and Droevlakte as well as Moed­ver­loer.

The last farm also goes un­der the name, Skaapvlakte and you can walk around and view the strooi­huise which I have not seen else­where. An­other ex­cel­lent out­ing is a hike from the Pakhuis Pass up to the site of a plane crash. Turn right to Pakhuis Farm, where Mark Botha, who was raised on the farms far be­low, leads you con­fi­dently up the side of the peak in the north­ern Ceder­berg. The hike to SAAF 647 is the des­ig­na­tion of the plane that crashed many years ago. It slammed into this for­bid­ding peak in 1946, killing the oc­cu­pants in­stantly. The aero­plane is perched on the edge of a cliff at a this panoramic site and the pho­to­graphic op­por­tu­ni­ties are end­less. (edited)

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