The story behind the ox wagon

Driving through our village many tourists photograph the ox wagon but do they know the story behind …???…

In 1988 Afrikaners were commemorating the ‘Great Trek’ of a few centuries ago when farmers of the ‘Cape’ (Cape Town and surrounds) took their household in ox wagons and went over the St Lowry’s Pass to a new world beyond.

Detail of an ox wagon

The ‘Voortrekkers‘ moved from the Cape to the ‘hinterland’ in South Africa with ox wagons. Some of these wagons are still there but, with a few exceptions, only in use for decorations. Think if you put an ox in front this wagon will collapse within the first few steps. But it looks nice. This one also has a spare wheel (second picture) that serves as wall decoration…..