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THE ROCKS TALK

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When the earth was younger, about 280 million years ago, the Great Karoo was a vast swamp. Over the aeons, the swamp of prehistory, where mammal-like reptiles once ruled, disappeared. It gradually changed to a desert with rugged beauty and eternal rock layers that hid the secrets of this ancient land, guarding them for the […]

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AN ENDURING STORY

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When travellers of the world hit the road only a discerning few find their way to the Great Karoo, here where nature dazzles on the endless plains and in the blue mountains, here in the blazing summers and icy winters where the wild winds fade to a silence so pure you can hear God think. […]

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RECORDED IN STONE

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Some of the world’s most important archaeological sites are located in the Central Karoo, particularly the Beaufort West and Nelspoort areas with their multitude of stone-age sites and petroglyphs, rock engravings, done by the earliest hunter-gatherers. The Great Karoo is integral to the work of the world’s scientists, botanists, archaeologists, geologists, palaeontologists and ecologists. For […]

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TALES OF WAR AND PIONEERS

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At the end of the last century one of the largest fighting forces ever to leave the shores of Imperial Britain arrived at the Cape. These soldiers, with all the paraphernalia of battle, moved across the plains of the Great Karoo to engage the Boers in the Anglo-Boer War, last of the gentlemen’s wars. Lonely […]

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PLACE OF VISUAL INSPIRATION

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As scenery goes, the Karoo is not for pretty chocolate boxes. Visually, it is stark, a starkness that distils into a grandiose beauty, at times awesome. Here sunsets and dawns do not stoop to being visual clichés, they stun with blinding light and cloud shows. The Great Karoo has a harsh climate with little rain, […]