Aliwal North, Cathcart and on to East London

St Albans Church, Cathcart
After leaving my sister and family, we headed to Aliwal North where we spent the night in a lovely self-catering double story unit. The owner has Fan-tailed Doves and ducks and it was a treat to watch them fanning their tails right in front of us.

Fantail Dove
They also attracted loads of Red Bishop birds who came to eat their food, as well as weaver birds and a selection of others. The owner, Roelf Oelofse, also makes bonsais out of every tree/plant known to mankind! Very impressive.
Eastern Cape scenery
We drove through the Eastern Cape and popped in to Cathcart, a town I visited as a child. I love the wide layout of the olden day towns. The Church of Saint Alban the Martyr (photo at top of page) is really beautiful and the landscape around too. Here are a few photos to whet your appetite.
Main Street, Cathcart
Eastern Cape
Wikipedia says: Cathcart is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, named after Sir George Cathcart, governor of the Cape of Good Hope 1852–1853.
The town is situated on the N6, just north of Stutterheim en route to Queenstown.
Church of Saint Alban at Cathcart in the Eastern Cape South Africa on the road to Aliwal North.
Originally a small military post, established during the Eighth Frontier War, it was established as a village in 1858 when German colonists arrived in the region. Work on its railway connection to East London on the coast was begun by the Cape government of John Molteno in 1876 and the line was officially opened on 3 November 1879.

Budget Overnight Accomodation Aliwal North
Roelf Oelofse

16 Van der Horst Street
Aliwal North

Cell 082 558 9238
Fax 086 608 7829

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