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Matjiesfontein - outpost from a bygone era

I am breaking the blogging drought by blogging about the usually dry Klein Karoo.

During the past December holiday we took a trip down to Struisbaai again. It is a long drive. 1600km. We hit the road at 5am, and by 5pm we were in Laingsburg, leaving only 350km for the next day. Laingsburg deserves another visit, and it's own post, one day.

The next day's journey was to be more relaxed. We would start with breakfast. We decided to see what's in Matjiesfontein, hoping for at least a good cup of coffee (which was not to be found in Laingsburg). We found so much more.

There is very little in Matjiesfontein. It is pretty much a dusty street in the middle of the Klein Karoo, with a majestic Victorian hotel, a few tiny Victorian buildings and a station.

The Lord Milner Hotel stood there like an old lady in a white dress, inviting us to come say hello. And she would be open for breakfast in 15 minutes. I stood inside the small foyer with the grand staircase leading up to 16 rooms …