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DESERT FARMING:  THE VALUE OF THE KAROO

DESERT FARMING: THE VALUE OF THE KAROO

The Karoo is a vast area in southern Africa. An arid to semi-arid region, it covers parts of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape provinces. In excess of 400,000 kms, the Karoo was once, 250 million years ago, a vast inland sea. Today, under the vast,...
Caprivi Bird Watching: ultimate bird watching in the wild

Caprivi Bird Watching: ultimate bird watching in the wild

The Caprivi Strip is a lush corner in the far northeast of Namibia. The Caprivi Game Reserve, now encompassed in the newly-established Bwabwata National Park, features substantial herds of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, antelope, lion, cheetah, leopard,...
Solitude and Wellbeing: travelling in the desert

Solitude and Wellbeing: travelling in the desert

“The Karoo has a breath-taking beauty. A peculiar characteristic of this great inland plateau is that the scenery possesses a primeval solitude and silence…the primitive simplicity of a country just come from the hands of the Creator.” ~ James Byrne There is no doubt...
Hiking in the Karoo: best practice tips

Hiking in the Karoo: best practice tips

Hiking in any desert carries certain dangers, and the Karoo is no different. Advice comes from veteran hikers who want to warn of the issues you may face, but at the same time motivate a keenness to participate in the most intense enjoyment of scenery and sensation...
Old Souls: plants of the Karoo

Old Souls: plants of the Karoo

The Karoo Basin was formed over millions of years; deep in ancient times and under different climates when thousands of metres of sediments were deposited, and which now represent the Karoo rocks. This very age of the area gives the Karoo its mystery and fascination –...
Karoo Campfires: myths in a magical desert

Karoo Campfires: myths in a magical desert

While wandering in the silence of the Karoo, viewing ancient hills against a vibrant sunset, wondering at the iconic rocky nubs of koppies under starlight, the mind turns to magic – all those strange myths and legends of the past, and the people who drew meaning from...