Vygies, Vetkoek & the Voortekker Monument- South Africa

“V”- What a letter.

No problem with “V” in South Africa, the Afrikaans language is speckled with “V”‘s.
So we will first cover beauty, then fill the tummy, following with a little history, in that order!


Gorgeous little flowers, vygies,  that burst into bloom on rockeries and all over the garden after a little rain.  They love the bright sunlight and flower in drought time. Often they are the saving grace in hot summer months when the Transvaal gardens are parched and dying.  Vygie 2

You always have colour, and so many different colours too!  Perennials that flower at different times of the year according to species.

Cape Vygie

Something for the hungry now!!  The old time vetkoek, a meal on the go!  This surely stems back to the Voortrekker days, when your cooking happened “as and when”, as these pioneers travelled the length of the country in ox wagons in search of farmlands and freedom.  The first South African takeaway!  The Vetkoek!

vetkoek 2

And if you have a sweet tooth that needs attention, the vetkoek is versatile too!  Quick meal if you have no bread.  How to make…


 It is absolutely years since I visited the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria, built to commemorate the Dutch pioneers, Afrikaaners, who left the Cape province between 1835 and 1854.

It is a unique structure and one of a kind….

….and was recently visited by one of my fellow bloggers, Colline, who has written a wonderful post all about the history and beauty of the structure, the Voortrekker monument.  Take a look…. 

 voortrekker monument

This post is part of Jenny’s Alphbe Thursday– the letter “V”.



About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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9 Responses to Vygies, Vetkoek & the Voortekker Monument- South Africa

  1. Colline says:

    Vetkoek – definitely one of the yummy South African meals 🙂

    • liz2you says:

      Hi Colline,
      Did you see I linked to your site. I sent them on to your Voortrekker monument post!

      • Colline says:

        Thank you Liz. I hope your readers enjoy the photos. I remember the visit well – and it was wonderful to see that the monument is still standing as a testament to a part of South African history.

  2. joanfrankham says:

    When our family travelled from Zim to S outh Africa, this was one of the first things we looked for, along with koeksisters.

  3. the flowers are lovely — succulents, yes?

  4. Pam Beers says:

    How interesting! Flowers are gorgeous. Food looks scrumptious.

  5. Tracy says:

    I have just become friends with a lady from South Africa she has described the place as beautiful and your pics back that up thank you

  6. These colors are so Vibrant…

    Vetkoek sounds really interesting too…

    I also love the View of Voortekker Monument…

    Victorious job for the letter V…


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