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Interesting place names/signs

Unread postby Grantmissy » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:05 am

When travelling to any of the South-African National Parks a person sometimes encounter interesting place names. In May this year between Polokwane and Tzaneen en- route to the Kruger National Park we saw that the name of one of the garages or petrol stations along that road is Total Nobody. When we travel on the N4 to or from the Kruger Park we always notice the place name Woestalleen (I guess translated it means very very lonely?). I must admit it looks very very lonely or Woestalleen in that area of the Highveld especially when the strong wind is blowing up dust and a person can see very faaaaar into the loneliness. En route to the Golden Gate National Park during winter one year we encountered three shivering school children covered in blankets under a grey sky standing beneath a place name sign that read Sunnyside.
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Unread postby Carol g » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:51 pm

Very interesting and highly amusing GM :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby JeanniR » Wed Jun 25, 2014 3:40 pm

Very interesting GM :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Nkulu » Wed Jun 25, 2014 6:30 pm

GM so pleased I am not the only one fascinated by the place name Woestalleen (I guess translated it means very very lonely?). I must admit it looks very very lonely or Woestalleen
But have you noticed that after Woestalleen, you reach Geluk (translated to Happiness) and then further on you will find Tweelingspruit (translated to Twins creek ) :hmz:
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Unread postby Porridge » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:26 pm

The word "woes" in Afrikaans or "woest" in Dutch means extremely angry. I guess the person who named the place wasn't a member of the local welcoming committee and didn't enjoy being alone much ....

I have a photo of a very interesting signboard, but in the interests of maintaining our PC status, I'll refrain from posting it.
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Re: Interesting place names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Jun 26, 2014 6:54 am

:) I guess angry = being alone in the case of Woestalleen.

Nkulu I never noticed that sequence of place names driving from Kruger. Next time I drive pass Woestalleen I will know that Geluk is around the corner :wink: .

In Kruger between Mopani and Letaba Camps there is a water hole called Twisappel. Every time I drive pass Twisappel I picture this: A cheeky someone in an upr(t)ight position ready to quarrel.
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Re: Interesting place names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Thu Jun 26, 2014 7:07 am

Porridge wrote:I have a photo of a very interesting signboard, but in the interests of maintaining our PC status, I'll refrain from posting it.


:hmz: It would have been interesting to see ... :)
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Re: Interesting place names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Jun 27, 2014 7:21 am

On the road between the Golden Gate National Park and Clarens town there was a supermarket with tables outside where a person could have a meal; braai facilities were also available. There was a sign next to the road that read “Fresh Braai Meat Available”. On the day that we drove past that sign there was an Ostrich standing next to this sign, with its neck and head almost over the sign. I read the “Fresh Braai Meat Available” sign and watched the Ostrich with mixed feelings.
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Unread postby Stampajane » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:01 am

GM, Sunnyside on the road between Golden Gate and Clarens, is a guest farm where my SO used to go for holidays when he was a kid. We passed it last year when we were in the area and went to go have a look see. It was like stepping back 50 years into the past for my SO. We chatted to a very charming elderly lady whose family had owned and run the guest farm forever!

This isn't a place name but a sign that always amuses me every time I drive past it. There is an "ilondolo" (which means laundromat) on route to my office. Underneath Ilondolo they have the English translation of Laundry Mat.

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Jun 27, 2014 8:45 am

Grantmissy wrote:On the road between the Golden Gate National Park and Clarens town there was a supermarket with tables outside where a person could have a meal; braai facilities were also available. There was a sign next to the road that read “Fresh Braai Meat Available”. On the day that we drove past that sign there was an Ostrich standing next to this sign, with its neck and head almost over the sign. I read the “Fresh Braai Meat Available” sign and watched the Ostrich with mixed feelings.


One of the more bizarre signs that we used to pass in Mpumalanga was a sign, ''fresh meat''. It is was right next door to the undertakers whose sign offered ''cost price funerals''. I might take my chance with the ostriches.

Another macabre offering seen in the Free State was a sign saying, ''coffins, two for the price of one''. Sadly, it was a reflection of the worst of our AIDS period.
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Re: Interesting place names

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:03 am

:) MM. :|

One year we were visiting the Tsitsikamma National Park. Upon entering the Storm’s River Mouth Rest Camp there was a big board sign that read ATTENTION ALL CARAVANS and then all the rules for the Caravans followed one by one. I think the visitors towing the caravans were relieved that they did not have to read through the rules and left it to the Caravans to digest the rules. Not sure if that sign is still there :) .
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Re: Interesting place names/signs

Unread postby bushguy » Fri Jun 27, 2014 2:20 pm

Grantmissy wrote: In May this year between Polokwane and Tzaneen en- route to the Kruger National Park we saw that the name of one of the garages or petrol stations along that road is Total Nobody.


Grantmissy - There is a town called Nobody in that area , which is why the petrol station is called "Total Nobody". I wonder if they get more clients just because of the funny name ? I must check it out next time I pass through there.
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Unread postby Mellory » Fri Jun 27, 2014 6:36 pm

Very amusing sign that can be seen at a roadside cafe on the way to Marakele ys koud ys (ice cold ice).
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Jun 28, 2014 5:30 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

funny thread.

A very funny sign I passed in the suburbs, I wish I had taken a picture. It was a warning sign for motorists about a bump in the road. Some one had taken a picture of copulating tortoises and underneath was written:

Warning, slow hump ahead.
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Unread postby Grantmissy » Sun Jun 29, 2014 4:16 am

:D funny one MM. Stampajane you have some good memories of Sunnyside. Bushguy thank you for the Nobody clarification. The name makes sense now. Mellory it is good to know that a person will find ice that is ice cold on the way to Marakele National Park :D
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