We visited Putsonderwater…

We traveled from KENHARDT  on the R383 to PUTSONDERWATER…

The 73Km dirt road was heavy corrugated at some places… we had to slow down to a crawl – as slow as 10Kph at times.

The heat haze formed a shimmer on the horizon… It was dry and barren and the breathtaking scenery is difficult to describe…

the R383 to Putsonderwater

the R383 to Putsonderwater

With farmland on each side of the road to our destination, and no traffic passing by… the only sound we heard, was the sound of the motor home’s wheels turning over the fine stones of the road…

railway crossing at Putsonderwater

railway crossing at Putsonderwater

We crossed the railway line and entered Putsonderwater.

there once was...

there once was…

In this railway town, buildings that once housed families, were overgrown with tall grass and stripped down to brick walls and window frames…

some buildings looked better than others...

some buildings looked better than others…

Even though these buildings have not been occupied for at least 20 years, some looked good enough to renovate… It seems like such a waste that these buildings had to go to ruins in the first place.

old hotel building & trading store

old hotel & trading store buildings

The buildings,  of the original hotel and trading store, across the road, were very dilapidated.

the railway line

the railway line

The railway line is still in use today. Upington to De Aar…

an old water reservoir

an old water reservoir

A huge water reservoir is still standing strong in front of the old Station Building.

a ghost town...

a ghost town…

…and here we were… All alone!  An old railway town without a sole!  A railway line, still in use at least once every second day…   Lots of old buildings…



tall grass, full of ticks and little insects, and a happy weaver family…

a weaver nest

a weavers nest

This huge weavers nest is home to many families.

weaver nests along the railway line

weavers nests along the railway line

We found a few weavers nests, build on the poles, along the railway line in Putsonderwater. These birds are very active! That is why they are called social weavers.

a well at the station

a well at the station

Is this the famous well (put)?!  Could be, because we did not see any water… This one is definitely a “Putsonderwater”

A Quiver Tree

A Quiver Tree

This Quiver Tree could be as old as the Town… we did not see many of them around.   Standing tall under the hot Karoo sun… sure (if it could speak) many stories would be told.

a sign of peace...

a sign of peace…

We decided to spend a day or two, and with this Unique Karoo setting to admire and enjoy… I did not want to be anywhere else but at Putsonderwater…


home is where the heart is…

The sound of silence…  stars shining brightly in the Karoo Sky… a Magical Place to be…..

12 thoughts on “We visited Putsonderwater…

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  2. Thanks for this lovely write up of your travels. Has inspired me to route the road trip i am planning to pass through that part of the world, was wondering if you have any information about camping/over-nighting there ? I will only have a tent. Mark

    • Hi Mark, I’m so glad that I can inspire you to follow our tracks. I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as we have! Putsonderwater is a ghost town…but worth a visit! You could rough it for a night and pitch tent by the station – just keep in mind that there is still train traffic (so stay clear from the tracks). You could pick up supplies to see you through, from Kenhardt or Marydale, depending from which way you travel.
      Enjoy the experience!

      • Hi Annie

        Thanks for the info about the town and the heads up about that live train track :-)

        I should be routing from Marydale way then on to Kenhard and down to the west coast via Brandvlei and Calvinia.

        You mentioned that the Kenhard road was a bit rutted? Do you have any other information on those roads please? If all goes according to plan i will be road tripping in a classic Mini, hence questions about the road.

        I have to be in the Cape for three months (March to May) so figured on making the most of the road trip down…… just because one can .



        • Hi Mark, I’m getting all excited on your behalf… I’ll be sending you a direct email shortly with more information on roads etc. I like the route that you plan to travel. On our SHOP WINDOW page you’ll find more info on where to stay,shop & eat. Although this section is still in progress, every business & service advertised is there for your convenience.

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  5. Good day! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this post to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks a lot, glad you enjoyed the post. I’ll be sharing more on the towns in the surrounds of Putsonderwater. These were truly places worthwhile visiting.
      Happy reading

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