Afrikaans Signs: What I Can’t Read Can’t Hurt?


As I jumped this property fence, I was hoping this very serious-looking Afrikaans sign was not a angry warning.

I maintain that Afrikaans, the Dutch-descendent language of South Africa, is not terribly difficult to read if you get creative. “PRIVAAT” = Private, “EIENDOM” = dom is a state, so property— private property, easy enough.

“MAAK TO DIE HEK ASB. / DIERE!!” = I haven’t got a clue and my mind instantly fills with a popular, rural “No Trespassing” sign in some parts of the United States.

In reality it says “Private Property / Close the gate please / Animals!!” … its good to hike with people able to read Afrikaans signs, you walk with a lot less stress.