Look out for this famous painted rock as you come down Patatanek Pass on your way to Kruger National park from Johannesburg (± 35 km from the Machado toll gate).
Road constructors working on the Schoemanskloof road found and erected this rock, resembling a man with a big belly, in 1927. The rock was named after their foreman Joe Barbas and “Old Joe” was born.
The statue is re-painted by local scholars, and residents, who regularly give him a make-over and update his ‘outfit’ and image. “Spotting” Old Joe is a highlight for tourists, and continues to delight us as tour guides during our tours to Kruger Park.
Please feel free to post any new pics of Joe on our Facebook page. We love him.
Long live “Old Joe”.
*Incidentally you may fancy stopping over a night or two at Old Joe’s Kaia on your way through the Schoemanskloof valley; named after the rock in 1984, the stopover rondavels, and later the guesthouse, have been in existance since 1954. A great spot for bird lovers and anyone seeking some tranquility. Let me know when booking your Kruger tour with us and I will make sure to add it in.