Major updates and new sites in progress:
Klerksdorp: major revamp
Venterskroon: working on the mining history
Groenvlei: new site, still lots to be done
Wakkerstroom, only just started
Luneburg, some updating
Braunschweig, adding the Ntombe battle site
Wittenberg, Augsburg, new places, not sure where to put them yet.
What is this all about? In these web pages I present the results of our exploration activities. The full story of what this is all about is below the table. Select any of the places or towns you want to check out from the list below.
Allanridge Arlington Bothaville Coalbrook Cornelia Edenville Frankfort Groenvlei Heilbron Holly Country Hoopstad Kestell Koppies Leeupoort farm Lindley Oranjeville Parys Petrus-Steyn Phuthaditjhaba Reitz Reitzburg Rouxville Reddersburg Steynsrus Tweeling Vierfontein Ventersburg Viljoensdrift Viljoenskroon Villiers Vredefort Weilbach farm Wesselsbron Witsieshoek Vrede
And here is something different, redundant rails
Dover to Vredefort Wolvehoek to Heilbron Redan to Grootvlei
That is because I am fascinated by redundant rail infrastructure and just love to follow the unused lines and visit the ruined stations.
Not really sure what to call ourselves. We are a small group of 'explorers' who have made it their hobby to explore the little towns and places dotted all over the wide areas of South Africa close enough to our home ground to enable quick, one day visits or, at the most, weekend visits.
Why are we doing this? Well, at least in my case, to make retired life interesting and in the process to pass on what we have found to others.
After some years of exploration activities I feel the need to sum it up and to share our 'discoveries' with the world. I wrote this a few years ago and have carried on since, adding more and more places. How do we go about our 'exploration' activity? First we select a place to be explored and do a background check with most of the information coming from the internet. On entering the town there are certain places we seek out routinely: the railway station, the biggest church (usually the NG church), other significant churches and the cemetery. Plus anything else that has drawn our attention. And then, of course, we talk to people. It is very pleasing to see how easy it is to talk with the inhabitants of these small towns. We have made many friends.
Until now I had all this in Müllers Gazette, which included a blog on my hiking activities as well. It became too much and I decided to split it into two websites. This one just for the rural and urban exploration activities, keeping Müllers Gazette for hiking. If you want to move to there push this hyper link: Müllers Gazette
Any comments, suggestions can be directed to the web master: Horst Müller And not to forget, I must thank my companions for all the useful tips and input to develop these pages.
Is there anybody out there who would like to join in this activity. I am running short of friends due to age and health, could do with additional partners.