Ontdek weer die vergete grondpad tussen Ceres en Kuruman

Met ‘n perdekar op die vergete grondpad

Piet Coetzer en Prof. Doreen Atkinson vertel vir Martelize Brink  van die Vergete Hoofweg van 1000 km vanaf Ceres en Tulbagh tot by Kuruman. Piet is besig om oor 2 weke ‘n deel van die roete met sy kar en span perde af te le.


Lees meer oot die Vergete Grondpad

Press release / Persverklaring
The Forgotten Highway Expedition / Die Vergete Grondpad Ekspedisie KDF Oct/Nov 2022

The Karoo Development Foundation (KDF) has launched another exciting project – The Forgotten Highway Route.

Follow in the footsteps of ancient travellers, and stretch your horizons!

This 1 000 km Route stretches from Tulbagh and Ceres in the south to Kuruman in the north. It is the route that was used by the !Xam, KhoeKhoe, Tswana, missionaries and explorers. From there, travellers would venture into central Africa.

Press release / Persverklaring
The Forgotten Highway Expedition / Die Vergete Grondpad Ekspedisie KDF Oct/Nov 2022


To launch the route, the Great Highway Expedition will set off from Sutherland on Saturday 22 October 2022, travelling northwards to Griquatown. This will be led by the well-known horseman, Mr Piet Coetzer, with his magnificent team of six “Vlaamperd” horses pulling an old-fashioned wagon. Other enthusiasts are welcome to join this three-week expedition and learn about the early explorers along the way!

Hier is die tentatiewe datums en plekke wat die Vergete Grootpad Ekspedisie sal besoek (“stanings”):

Sutherland 22 Okt – Sat – VERTREK 23 Oct – Sondag PLAAS langs die pad

Fraserburg 24 Oct – Maan
25 Okt – Dins PLAAS langs die pad

Loxton 26 Okt – Woens Skougronde
27 Okt – Don PAMPOENPOORT – plaas oos van Carnarvon

Carnavon 28 Okt – Vry
29 Okt – Sat PLAAS langs die pad

(Daar is ‘n moontlikheid van ‘n draai via Vanwyksvlei – nog nie bevestig nie) 30 Okt – Sondag – rusdag

Prieska Niekerkshoop Griekwastad

31 Okt – Maan PLAAS langs die pad 1 Nov – Dins PLAAS langs die pad

2 Nov – Woensdag
3 Nov – Don – PLAAS naby Niekerkshoop 4 Nov – Vry
5 Nov – Saterdag HUIS TOE!


Press release / Persverklaring
The Forgotten Highway Expedition / Die Vergete Grondpad Ekspedisie KDF Oct/Nov 2022

Perde in die nag


This is one of the most exciting projects the KDF has launched since it achieved the registration of Karoo lamb as a Geographic Indicator in 2015. (For details, see www.karoomeatoforigin.com).

The Forgotten Highway Route links Tulbagh in the south with Kuruman in the north, traversing several Karoo regions –Ceres Karoo, Roggeveld, Nuweveld, Bo- Karoo, Griqualand West, onto the Ghaap, and into the Kalahari.

From 1823, the Moffat Mission in Kuruman was the last stop from the Cape into the deeper African interior. It was also Africa’s link to the Cape.

Parts of the Route was based on pathways well-trodden by |Xam (San) and other hunter-gatherer groups, later by Khoekhoe herders with sheep and cattle, Tswana farmers at the northern end, and Xhosa who entered the Karoo, taking up residence there and along the Gariep from the late eighteenth century.

From the late 1700s, a trickle of white and ‘baster’ frontiersmen, hunters and fugitives, traders, explorers and missionaries were followed by a steadier spread of Trekboer farmers. The San, Korana, Xhosa (at Prieska and Canarvon), the Griqua at Griquatown, and the Thlaping near Kuruman, met the in-comers in widely varying types of encounter – trade, statebuilding, military power, conflict, and religious competition.

The main theme of the Route is “Encounters” – of people often out of their comfort zones and meeting others of different cultural background. Very often, the result was an intercultural mosaic of mutual influences.

The towns along the route include Tulbagh, Ceres, Sutherland, Fraserburg, Williston, Loxton, Carnarvon, Vanwyksvlei, Prieska, Niekerkshoop, Griquatown, Danielskuil, Postmasburg, Campbell and Kuruman.

There are also “cultural off-shoots”, into the southern Free State (such as Philippolis, also a Griqua state); Witsand Nature Reserve in the Langeberg; and Olifantshoek, Kathu and Deben in the Kalahari.

The Route has already awakened widespread interest along the route towns.

Several museums already offer engaging displays – Tulbagh, Ceres, and Griquatown. More museums are being refurbished along the Route.


Press release / Persverklaring
The Forgotten Highway Expedition / Die Vergete Grondpad Ekspedisie KDF Oct/Nov 2022

The purpose of the Route is to awaken the historical awareness of local people along the Route, so that they realise how special their environment is. Also, other South Africans will explore where their ancestors travelled, and foreign visitors will help us celebrate the historical significance of these remarkable events.

The focus of the Route is to add attractions, activities, and experiences. These towns already have excellent accommodation facilities. Local people can add many other themes to the Route, such as Anglo-Boer War, art, crafts, and ecotourism.

The route will include at least eight Local Municipalities: Witzenberg (Tulbagh and Ceres), Karoo-Hoogland (Williston, Fraserburg and Sutherland), Kareeberg (C*arnarvon), Siyathemba (Prieska), Siyancyuma (Griquatown), Tsantsabane (Postmasburg), Kgatelopele (Danielskuil) and Ga-Segonyana (Kuruman).

There are also four District Municipalities along the route: Cape Winelands DM, Central Karoo DM, Pixley ka Seme DM, JT Gaetsewe DM, and ZF Mcgawu DM.

We request these municipalities to add the Route to their Integrated Development Plans.

Until the Route is fully established, it will be managed by the Karoo Development Foundation, an NGO working for the benefit of the Karoo (see www.karoofoundation.co.za).

For more information about the route, contact Prof Doreen Atkinson, KDF

Trustee, at doreen@karoofoundation.co.za, or whatsapp 071 401 2583.
For more information about the Expedition, contact Mr Piet Coetzer,

at pietcoetzer1@gmail.com, or whatsapp 073 852 7420.

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Trust registration number: IT 1498/2009 NPO number: 157-553-NPO