Friday, November 14, 2008

George

The town of George is one of the two big (ok, biggish) towns in the Southern Cape. Established in the early 1800's, the town was the first to be founded in the then Cape Colony by the British and was named after King George III.
Along the main road through George you will find the NG Kerk Moedergemeente (Dutch Reformed Church's Mother Congregation of the Southern Cape). The building is one of George's historic landmarks.

Georges is located at the foot of the imposing Outeniqua Mountains. The word Outeniqua means "Men laden with honey" in the Khoisan language and refers to the old days when the local Khoisan tribes went into the mountains to fetch honey from the wild bees. There are four passes that cross the mountains. The original pass was called the Cradock pass and is now a hiking trail. The second pass, the Montagu Pass follows one of the valleys through the mountain and is a gravel road that is still accessible. The "new" pass is called the Outeniqua Pass and is a awesome pass that cross the mountain into the Klein Karoo (more on that area when we get to Oudtshoorn in a couple of days).

Outeniqua Railway Museum can be found at the George station and is a big shed with a varied collection of steam trains, historic carriages, historic station goodies and vintage cars. It is from here that the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe departs. That trip we will do tomorrow.

Also departing from the Railway Museum is the Outeniqua Power Van. These historic restored electric railway vans will take you on the fourth pass up the Outeniqua Mountains, the railway pass. They will take visitors up to the top of the pass to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the mountains with it surrounding forests and plantations and the town below.

2 comments:

  1. Wow, Firefly, your pictures are such a joy to look at! The first one is exceptional!

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  2. Nice photo essay, great images. Hey, there is a *little* history!

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