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Pot & Gieter Guesthouse
Pot & Gieter Guesthouse

Mountains, wetlands, birds… There are many reasons to visit Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga, but for the Smit couple, owners of the Pot & Gieter Guesthouse, the Afrikaans film Vrou Soek Boer was the deciding factor.

“The film was set in town,” says Lizet Smit. “We watched it and I told my husband JJ that I had to move to Wakkerstroom – it looked idyllic.”

Idyllic is exactly the right word. There are no traffic lights in town; instead, goats and cattle wander the (mostly dirt) streets, past old willow trees that sway in the wind and past guineafowl going kek-kekkek on nearly every gate.

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