Journals

Fifth Journey (MS 107/4)

19th January 1786


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[19th January 1786]
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spanden vermoeit uit, en vonden een kuil lekker water dog de rivier was droog. sagen hier vars leeuwe spoor dog vernamen niet anders als dat de leeuwen hier vars gedronken en sig selfs in het wagenpad als paarden gerold hadden
hier vonden wy alles in overvloed en lekkere vrugten, als druiven waterlemoenen, persikken etc.
(in drie uren te paard forsse z.t.o. by de berg) reed na de middag vooruit na weduw de beer, nu getrouwt met adam Raubenheimer, de plaats hiet queekvaley gelegen aan swarte rivier die half weg Gamka liep. het geen voor ons aangenaam om te sien was hebbende nu lang door een dor droog land getrokken
hier onthielden sig thans ses leeuwen na het seggen van Raubenheimer.

19 forsse weste wind die tegen het donder weer opstak
seer warm term
term 80 ­ 97 ­ 90
hier by swarte berg begind: de z.o. even als aan de Caap te wayen dog duurd niet so lang

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[19th January 1786]
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Outspanned, exhausted, and found a pool of delicious water even though the river was dry. We saw fresh lion tracks here but observed nothing further except that the lions had drunk here recently and had rolled in the wagon-road like horses.
Rode ahead three hours on horseback (with a strong south east at the mountain) in the afternoon to widow De Beer who is now married to Adam Raubenheimer. The farm is called Queekvlei and lies on the Swarterivier which is half-way to Gamka River.
This was a pleasant sight for us, who had now been travelling for a long time through dry, parched country. We found everything in abundance here with delicious fruit such as grapes, water-melons, peaches etc. Six lions frequent this place now, according to Raubenheimer.

19 Brisk west wind which rose as the thundery weather built up. Very hot. Thermometer: 80-97-90.

Here at the Swartebergen the south-easter begins blowing just as it does at the Cape but does not last so long.