Stephanus Johannes Paulus Kruger was born on the farm Bulhoek, near Cradock in the Eastern Cape on 10 October 1825. In 1836 the Krugers became Voortrekkers and young Paul Kruger witnessed the battle of Vegkop against Mzilikazi. With little formal education, he started out life farming at Waterkloof in the Rustenburg District. When he was only 17 years old he married Maria du Plessis, but she and their baby died from malaria in 1846. Kruger then married her cousin Gezina, who bore him 16 children.
He was inaugurated President of the ZAR on 9 May 1883. In 1900 the ZAR fell to the Brittish during the SA War. Kruger did not accept this. To prevent being captured by the Brittish he went to Mozambique where he boarded the Dutch cruiser, De Gelderland, to Europe, never to return.
The Kruger House was the home of President Kruger and his family for the last 16 years of the 19th century. The Museum consists of the original house, two display halls and Paul Kruger's State Railway Coach. The house was built in 1883 and was declared a National Monument in 1936.
The Paul Kruger Church opposite Paul Kruger House was founded in 1859. The first church was built in 1863. Klaas van Rijsse was the architect of the current church and the corner stone was laid on 10 October 1896 by Pres Paul Kruger. The church was formally opened on 25 December 1897 and in September 1979 it was declared a National Monument.
Next to Paul Kruger house is the former pass office, named GaMothle. This was the Bantu Commissioner's office in Pretoria. It was built by J. Kelman in 1932.
We have permission to park in the parking area of the Paul Kruger Church opposite the Paul Kruger House in WF Nkomo Street (Old Church Street). We will meet in the parking area from where we will enter the church with our guide who will share the history. Then we cross the road with our guide for a tour of Paul Kruger House and the exhibition halls. We will not be able to see the inside of GaMothle, but our guide will share the history with us.
The tour will conclude at the church where we will enjoy cold drinks.
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WHEN: 09 March 2019
TIME: 08.30 - 10.30
Chris and I have done many wilderness hikes in the central Drakensberg. The mountains are very dramatic here.
We started from Monks Cowl campsite, and hiked past Crystal Falls, Blind Man’s Corner, Hlathikulu Nek to Keith Bush Camp. This route has always been one of my favourites in the Berg.
We overnighted at Keith Bush Camp. The next day, we walked to Intunja, carrying only our day packs.
Why is Intunja so special?
It is 2 408m high and it has a hole in the rock near the top. The hole looks like “The eye in the needle”, as is the meaning of the name.
Our excitement was short lived to be on top of Intunja. A helicopter with tourists arrived on the scene and as we stood on the peak, the helicopter circled above us. They stole our peace! With all this noise around us, we took photos of each other and not of the helicopter. We also explored inside the hole.
After this, we walked back to Keith Bush Camp where we spent the night. We could not get over the noisy incident. At least, we had a peaceful night!
I am the owner of Flycatcher Travel and my idea with this blog is to report on sites that we visit. I am also very interested in South African history.