Mr Bubu wearing a Figo's shirt.
While in Oudtshoorn I got to meet Mr Bubu, who is originally from Pretoria and on that day he was wearing Figo's shirt of the Portuguese National Team shirt.
Being portuguese myself, I felt the urge to invite Mr Bubu for a beer and picture taken.
> Mário Ferreira in Oudtshoorn (April-2010)
Luis Figo on wikipedia:
Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, (born 4 November 1972) is a former Portuguese football player. He played as a midfielder for Sporting CP, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale, during a career which spanned over 20 years. He retired from football on 31 May 2009. He won 127 caps for the Portuguese national football team, a number that makes him the most capped player for Portugal.
Figo was the 2000 European Footballer of the Year, the 2001 FIFA World Player of the Year, and was named amongst the FIFA 100.
Figo is one of the few football players to have played for both the Spanish rival clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid. He had a successful career highlighted by several trophy wins, such as one Portuguese Cup, four La Liga titles, two Spanish Cups, three Spanish Super Cups, one UEFA Champions League title, one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, two UEFA Super Cups, one UEFA-CONMEBOL Intercontinental Cup, four Serie A titles, one TIM Italian Cup and three Italian Super Cups. [...]
Drive across the Swartberg pass
This pass is the link between the little and the big Karoo and the drive up there is breath taking.
There are lot of sharp turns, but the views are worth it.
We drove through the Meiringspoort and on to the Swartberg Pass. This pass surprised us. We thought about a normal road, but it was a sand road, and mostly so small that only one car can travel on it. Here and there, we saw an opportunity to let other cars pass. But this was not necessary because going up, we didn’t see one car. You can imagine that this took a long time to drive up. But the view on the top was great. That winding sand-road going up. We were glad we did this. But after the top, the road didn’t ended as we thought. It was downhill and then ups again. We saw the first car just behind the first top, one car in more than one hour; it sounds like a very busy road. But a the second top, we saw 2 cars standing with tourists, also taking pictures. And on the way down, we passed more cars. But we still are on a sand road.
C.P. NEL MUSEUM
A very interesting museum to visit located in a great, great building. In 1972 the CP Nel collection was brought to its present home - the former Oudtshoorn Boys' High School. As a result of this, the sandstone building, with its beautiful clock tower, was saved from demolition. The building as a whole dates back to the second "ostrich feather boom" (1900 - 1914) and was declared a National Monument in 1981.
Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 17:00
Red Stone Hills
The Red Stone Hills are located between Calitzdorp (the port wine village) and Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo. It's a low rock formation of red colored rocks, hence the name.
We were just passing by when we drove from the Winelands to Oudtshoorn.
Oudtshoorn, founded in 1847, is the centre of the Little Karoo area. The city is located in the most beautiful surroundings of mountain chains: the Swartberge in the north and the Outeniqua Mountains in the south. It has a very dry climate and temperatures can easily reach over 40C.
Oudtshoorn is well known as the centre of the ostrich industry. Ostrich farms are everywhere, both show farms and industrial farms. Of course also souvenir shops selling ostrich eggs, feathers, leather items, etc.
Another point of attraction is the Cango Caves - I will describe them in detail in a separate tip.
Oudtshoorn is definitely worth staying for a few days.