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What is the name again?

Driving through South Africa you are bound to come across some funny or even odd town names - but what are some of the oddest names in our diverse country? We have a compiled a list of some of the funniest names we came across.

Afguns

Afguns meaning envy, is nothing more than just a little dot on a very big map, what we do know about this town is that it is situated close to Ellisras in Limpopo.

Baardskeerdersbos

Although not the oddest or longest name on our list, Baardskeerdersbos which is situated in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, is still a name that makes us giggle. Originally named Baardscheerders Bosch, the name translated roughly into English would be Beard Shavers Bush. The accepted explanation for this name is that a species of solifuge inhabits the area, and that this arachnid is referred to as a "beard shaver" because it cuts hair to use for nest-building. We prefered thinking that it was named after a place where a homely old man would shave the beards of local farmers, to be honest.

Boompie Alleen

Translated into English Boompie Alleen would mean Little Tree Alone. Situated in the Free State this little town is nothing more than a few farmsteads with less that 3 people per square kilometer.

Darling

Darling is the perfect example of a little town embracing its weird little name - Darling is known for its wine, Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout and its wind farm. It is also a very accurate description of quaint small town living in the Western Cape.

Koffiefontein

A small town in the Free State, Koffiefontein has the privilege of being the only town to make us wonder when last we had coffee - in English Coffee Fountain (the translation of Koffiefontein) sounds like a delicious place to be. In reality this small town is steeped in history and is still an important farming community today.

Klein mier nommer een

Translated to Little Ant Number One, is so small that we aren’t even sure if it is town. Not much is known about this far flung dot in the Northern Cape but we can tell you that its closest town is Windhoek, Namibia. It should be noted that we also came across Groot Mier (Big Ant) and Mier (Ant) as well.

Pofadder

Probably one of the best known oddly named towns in South Africa, Pofadder which means puff adder, might seem like it is just another little town but it serves as major stopping point for tourists and locals alike. Some say that the town was named after a Khoisan captain, Klaas Pofadder who was a well known cattle thief. 

Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein

A legendary name in the South African folklore, Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein, is a 44 character name that has been referenced in song and media. Meaning Two buffaloes shot dead with one bullet fountain and situated in the North West Province - no one is sure if this amazing feat of hunting abilities was actually achieved or not, but what we do know is that it makes for a fantastic tongue twister.

Tietiesbaai

Why would someone name a place Tietiesbaai or in English Boobies Bay? We don’t know, but we do know is that this town on the West Coast and in close proximity to Paternoster is a picturesque coastal town with pristine beaches, dotted with smooth, round boulders...well that might explain the name!

Think we forgot some funny names? Let us know which towns you think should be on this list!


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