For decades, the semi-desert, Karoo region of South Africa was for many cross-country travellers a massive patch of nothingness you had to drive through to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back again. But times have changed. Visitors are beginning to explore the Karoo with new eyes and are discovering what we locals have known for a long time: South Africa’s heartland is where the fun begins.
There are dozens of ways to enjoy the Karoo, but these are our top 5.
Snow and romance
When snow falls in the Karoo it’s like Christmas…
Deep in the Sneeuberg mountains, less than 10km from the village of Nieu-Bethesda, is a classic Karoo farmstay called Ganora.
“Give us one day and we will give you 250-million years” is their slogan, and owners JP and Hester Steynberg really mean it. Ganora lies in the middle of pre-dinosaur fossil country. The Wilge River flows through the farm, and it is on the flanks of this river…