A road trip in the Free State and neighbouring Lesotho

This short travelogue follows the discovery of a set of images taken during a trip a relative took whilst on holiday in South Africa in 1957. His handwriting was even worse than mine, so I am unfortunately not able to identify specific locations or people. He traveled from Germany by boat, calling in at Cape Town, then disembarked at Durban and travelled by car into the interior. I wish he had kept a diary of this trip to give some insight into his and the locals’ interaction as I don’t expect many spoke German!

Cape Town Harbour; 1957
Cape Town Harbour; 1957

He was a landscape artist and sought inspiration from new vistas, worlds away from a continent re-building after the devastation of the Second World War.

This is a flavour of what he saw:

Wash day; Free State dorpie, South Africa
Wash day; Free State dorpie, South Africa
A butcher at work; Lesotho
A butcher at work; Lesotho
Nannies with their charges; Free State dorp, South Africa
Nannies with their charges; Free State dorp, South Africa
Basutho family group; Lesotho
Basutho family group; Lesotho
This timeless rural scene re-acted countless times in countless locations around the world; Free State, South Africa
This timeless rural scene re-enacted countless times over in countless locations around the world; Free State, South Africa
Hotel Staff; Free State 1957
Hotel Staff; Free State 1957
A Free State dorp, South Africa
A Free State dorp, South Africa
Basutho school children in their outdoor classroom; Lesotho
Basutho school children in their outdoor classroom; Lesotho
Basutho family group; Lesotho
Basutho family group; Lesotho
Wigmakers; Free State, South Africa
Weavers; Free State dorpie, South Africa

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