When the Voortrekker’s (pilgrims) left the Cape in the 1830s for The Great Trek (journey), their mode of transport was the large wagon which was pulled by oxen.
These wagons became the homes of the men and women who were looking for land on which to settle.
The oxen were driven by the men over land that had never felt the rumbling of large wooden wheels.
The wagon was large and had plenty of space inside.
The women and children would ride in the back of the wagon that also carried their supplies and belongings.
My family and I had the opportunity to look at these wagons when we visited the Voortrekker Monument. It was interesting to see these lifelike displays of a moment in South African history.
These men and women travelled great distances using this mode of transport. It was not always easy: wheels broke as they traversed rocky land, and difficulties occurred as they crossed rivers and climbed mountains. Today, motorists can cross the same distance in cars using smooth highways and roads that have been carved into the landscape.
Would you have ventures out in these wagons?
(This post was inspired by Jake’s prompt: Transport)
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Other posts I have written on the Voortrekker Monument: