Middelburg, Eastern Cape – Centuries ago, a man fled Denmark after throwing his brother out of a window. Afraid of being charged with murder, he made his way to the Cape Colony and settled on a farm where he carved a message on the rocks. “The year 1780 April. This farm was founded by Andries Gottlieb Schoonbeeck from Denmark. Locusts like sand.”
Known as the Schoonbeesklip, this casual etching from the past is located north of Middelburg; and what Schoonbeeck did not know is that his brother did not die in that plunge from the window.
It is snippets of information like this which fascinate modern-day tourists and, thankfully, plagues of locusts no longer descend in black clouds across the land.
Rialize Hayes, of the Middelburg Tourism Office, seemed as busy as a locust, but she took time out to tell me about her home town, mentioning their delight at the increasing number of tourists