Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Karel Landman Monument

Driving back from Port Alfred the other day, I did a quick detour to visit a monument that I haven't seen in years. The Karel Landman Monument is situated just about halfway between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred, just a couple of kilometers up a very good dirt road.

In 1837/8, people of Dutch decent, referred to as the Boers, decided to move away from British rule and trek northwards. In doing this they founded the old Transvaal and the Free State as part of the Great Trek. This monument was erected in 1938 (during the centenary celebrations of the Great Trek) honouring Karel Landman who farmed in this area until 1837. He became a leader in the Great Trek and took a party of about 180 trekkers and their servants on a trek of 885 kilometres into Natal. Landman became prominent in several battles with the Zulus and was the second in command of the Boer forces at the pivotal battle of Blood River.
The monument is in the shape of a 3m globe with an ox wagon traversing the it and is situated prominently on a hill overlooking the surrounding countryside.

The monument was an initiative of the then National Party and the councils of the Dutch Reformed Church in two neighbouring villages, Alexandria and Patterson. Story has it that the councils could not agree which village should 'host' the monument, so it was placed on this remote koppie between the two villages.

GPS: 33°34'42.65"S, 26° 9'42.87"E


  1. What an interesting place. I must mark it on my list of things to do when visiting the in-laws again!

  2. Interesting !!! Never seen a photo of it nor heard of the monument! Thanks for enlightening me!
    And a double wow - well done on the photo of choo choo train in the magazine !! You will be famous .. one day !!!

  3. All the teams in the LLWS took part as far as I know. The parade went through the heart of downtown Williamsport.

  4. that's such an interesting monument!


  5. Looks like something we see around here from the same era. Did not know such a thing existed. Good job!