K is for Kirstenbosch, Kid of Doom and Klein Karoo

Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.

Sculpture at KirstenboschK can be one of the tricky letters to fill for ABC Wednesday, but I was actually spoilt for choice in South Africa. For example, I would have liked to have written about Kipling who was an annual summer visitor to Cape Town.

Then there is the Kudu, the ubiquitous African antelope that tastes delicious! Or the beautiful town of Knysna where George Bernard Shaw had an unscheduled stay after he broke his leg in a car accident.

It might have been the Khoihoi, the indigenous people of the region, or Paul Kruger, the Transvaal State President during the Boar War.

Kid of DoomBut in the end I settled on Kid of Doom who we saw on our first weekend in Cape Town at the Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts.

If I’m honest, their music wasn’t much to my taste, described as ‘electro psychedelic rock’, but the Captetonians loved it. My photo of them isn’t one of my best, but we didn’t sit too close to the stage.

I preferred the other sights of Kirstenbosch, the famous botanical gardens nestling in the shadow of Table Mountain, like the sculpture at the top of the page.

Klein KarooBut the favourite K of our visit, and a ‘must see’ as far as I was concerned,  was the Klein Karoo, that Kipling described in his poem as being the colour of “opal and ash-of-roses, cinnamon, umber and dun.

I took the photo on the left after we had crossed the mountains from the coast and on to the Klein Karoo on our way to Oudtshoorn that gives its name to mountain range that you can see in the far distance.

It was an extremely hot 40° in Oudtshoorn, the ostrich capital of the world which grew rich in the 19th century from supplying feathers for fashionable Victorian hats.

Ronnie's Sex ShopAfter Oudtshoorn, we continued across the Klein Karoo, turning west on the R62 towards our day’s destination at Montagu. But there was one sight left to see before we got there — Ronnie’s Sex Shop.

Mrs P raised an eyebrow when she saw it marked on our AA touring map — not an appropriate tourist attraction she thought.

In fact, it is a bar just beyond Ladysmith and not a sex shop at all. It was originally just Ronnie’s Shop until friends of the owner thought they’d add the adjective as a joke.

It has proved a lucrative prank though because it is now a popular landmark, particularly for bikers.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

14 comments… Add yours
  • Kim,USA 28th September 2011

    I too would raise my eyebrow because of the name ^_^

    ABC Wed

  • Roger Green 28th September 2011

    Aren’t there laws against false advertising? No SEX?!@#$!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  • Oakland Daily Photo 28th September 2011

    It doesn’t look you’ll have any difficulty completing the alphabet based on your trip. Just look at how many Ks you’re able to present!

  • Reader Wil 28th September 2011

    Enough “k” words for many rounds to come! Some of those words are Dutch, like ” klein”, which means little.
    Great post!

  • Denise 28th September 2011

    Hmmm good place for bikers eh? Well we were looking for somewhere to tootle off to on Sunday! lol!
    Denise ABC Team

  • Jennifer 28th September 2011

    I bet the prank draws visitors. I looked at some photos from Kirstenbosch, it’s a lovely place.
    My post is about the Kudu, btw 🙂

  • Rajesh 28th September 2011

    Sure sounds wonderful experience.

  • jabblog uk 28th September 2011

    Spoilt for choice as one might expect in such a diverse country.

  • Photoblogista 28th September 2011

    Great job with the letter K…very informative!

  • Carver 28th September 2011

    Very interesting post and photography. I definitely have trouble with K because so many English words starting with K have a silent K and even if I wanted to use them I don’t have many shots of words starting with K.

  • Mar 29th September 2011

    How interesting and what great pictures!!

  • chrisj 29th September 2011

    Add the word ‘sex’ to anything and it will draw a crowd!

  • Francisca 1st October 2011

    A very Kewl K post. Would’ve liked to see more photos of Kirstenbosch and Klein Karoo.


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