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.

The Great Karoo is one of the world’s most unique arid zones. In South Africa it stands alone, globally it is an envied rarity. Karoo is an old indigenous word for dry thirst land. The area is considered a wonder of the scientific world. It is an ancient, fossil-rich land with the largest variety of succulents found anywhere on earth. There are more than 9 000 species of plants in the Great Karoo, one district alone being home to more species than the whole of Great Britain.

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