Praise for Papkuilsfontein
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)