7 funny town names

2013-01-04 09:13
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If you've ever taken a road trip through South Africa's ‘platteland,' you would probably have noticed the preference for super weird town names. We round up seven of our favourites. 

Klein Mier nommer een: Located in the far northern reaches of the Northern Cape, Klein Mier nommer een (Afrikaans for Little Ant Number One) is little more than a tiny spot on the map. We're not sure what happens there or if anyone lives there, but interestingly "Dating in Klein Mier Nommer 1" is the first result that pops up in a Google search. It's closest city is Namibia's capital, Windhoek, located 550km away, while Bloemfontein is 642km away. ()

Pofadder: Bearing the name of one of our most dangerous snakes (Puff Adder), this tiny little Northern Cape town holds an almost mythical place in the collective consciousness of South Africans. Mostly cited as the epitome of ‘the middle of nowhere,' our very own little Timbuktu of sorts, many people aren't aware of the fact that it actually, well, exists. It's situated just off the N14 between Upington and Springbok, only 60km away from the Onskeepkans border post on the Namibian border.

Tietiesbaai: Literally translated from Afrikaans to English, Tietiesbaai would probably pass as Boobies Bay. Located on the West Coast, close to the picturesque fishing town of Paternoster, Tietiesbaai consists mainly of a campsite, caravan park and pristine beach populated with perfectly round and smooth boulders... which might explain something about the name. 

Darling: Never was there a more fitting name for a quaint ‘plattelandse' village. Darling, located about 75km from Cape Town in the inland West Coast farming area, is for all intents and purposes really quite darling. Settled among wheat fields, vineyards and pastures, it provides a charming and refreshing break from the big city. Adding to the sweetness, is the fact that it is also home to South Africa's favourite auntie - Tannie Evita. Yes, Pieter-Dirk Uys performs many of his shows as Evita Bezuidenhout at Evita se Perron, a cabaret venue and restaurant in the town. Apart from this, Darling has also become famous for hosting Rocking the Daisies, South Africa's biggest green rock festival every September/October.

Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein: Roughly translated into English, this whopping 44-character name will read something like ‘Two buffalo shot dead in one shot spring'. Roughly. Anyway, the farm is located in the North West province of South Africa, about 200 km west of Pretoria and 20 km east of Lichtenburg. Like Pofadder, the farm has become a bit of a legend in Afrikaans folklore and is often used to depict typical farm culture in South Africa.

Leeu-Gamka: While Leeu-Gamka may be a typical small Karoo town- miles and miles of ‘bossies,' sheep, dust and little more - it's convenient location right next to the N1 (335km from Cape Town), one of South Africa's main transport veins, has made it something of a popular pitstop destination for holiday makers traversing the country and overworked truck drivers. The rather pleasing rhythmic name finds its origins in the fact that this is where the Leeu (Lion) River flows into the Gamka.

Ogies: Literally translated into English: Little Eyes. Despite the cute name, this Mpumalanga town isn't much more than a dreary old coal mining settlement. It was laid out in 1928 on the farm Oogiesfontein, 'fountain with many "eyes" or springs'. The name is derived from that of the farm.

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