Places With Strange Names in South Africa

Douse the Glim

Not so much a town as a humble farmstead, this Western Cape ranch was briefly home to a Scottish regiment during the 1902 Anglo-Boer War.

Many locals have passed the infamous ‘Douse the Glim’ road sign while travelling north on the N7 highway, on route to Namaqualand, and wondered ‘what does that mean?’

Well, while stationed there during the war, soldiers were told to extinguish their fires as to avoid detection from enemy forces, hence ‘Douse the Glim’.

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