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Category: Karoo

Stargazing in Sutherland: visit the white dwarves and the red giants

Is your only glimpse of the Milky Way that time your toddler hurled his vanilla shake from Milky Lane all the way to the other side of the food court? Maybe you think Sutherland is a snowy town too far, far away for a getaway. Or maybe you just haven’t had the chance to experience […]

Quaint Karoo Cottages

Wide open spaces, the smell of dry shrubs lingering in the air, the dusty gravel roads and pink and orange coloured sunsets and sunrises … If you need an escape from it all you cannot go wrong with the Karoo. This region has always had a special place in my heart and at the end […]

Wildehondekloof: A Wonderful Weekend in the Karoo

Every once in a while you experience something that makes you appreciate your heritage and fall even deeper in love with our beloved South Africa. Our weekend at Wildehondekloof in early November last year happened to be filled with such moments! You might remember that the Springboks triumphantly won the Rugby World Cup in November […]

All Roads Lead to the Karoo: An Alternative Route to Sutherland

Living in a city that never seems to sleep, we tend to take the route of least resistance to our destinations, ignoring everything in our wake. But due to unforeseen circumstances on a sultry Friday morning near De Doorns, Schalk and I had to amend our perfectly-planned trip to avoid the N1 ─ something that’s […]

’Tis the Season to be Peaceful: Where to Avoid the Crowds this Christmas

I can’t help but gasp internally each time I look at the calendar and realise that it’s December. It feels like just the other day when my family and I were running around trying to arrange last-minute Christmas meals and presents. If this time of year leaves you feeling slightly panicked thinking of crowded coastlines, […]

Finding the Farmer’s Way at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm

Born and bred among the leafy green vineyards of the West Coast, the Karoo is not a region I frequented much growing up. I have only visited Oudtshoorn on a few occasions for its yearly cultural event, the KKNK, but have always yearned to see more of this ostrich mecca. I was therefore quite excited […]

Numbi Valley ─ Life could be a Dream

As I steer my tiny car along the gravel road to Numbi Valley, there is a sense that the outside world is falling away and by the time we park next to the cottage, the spell of this secluded permaculture farm is complete. At Numbi, like in a child’s play world, flower-ladened baths are taken […]

Oudtshoorn: An Oasis in the semi-desert Karoo

Everytime I thought about Oudtshoorn, I immediately connected it with the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees (KKNK), and while this festival is still a great reason to visit the Grootvoëlparadys, there are so many reasons for you to travel here any other time of the year as well. With temperatures reaching a high of 36°C during […]

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