Karoo Interlude on Rovos Rail

Arrival of Rovos Rail in Matjiesfontein. Image by Jim Freeman.

Arrival of Rovos Rail in Matjiesfontein. Image by Jim Freeman.

The arrival of Rovos Rail’s Pride of Africa in Matjiesfontein is, in the words of one of my colleagues, “spectacularly underwhelming”. I’ve been sitting next to the tracks for the better part of two hours, with the temperature barely reaching 5ºC, determined not to miss its appearance in the glittering golden sunlight; smoke billowing as it thunders through the Karoo veld.

Of course, the engine is diesel-electric, so it…
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Slow Sedgefield

Sedgefield viewpoint. Image by Jim Freeman.

View of Sedgefield, Africa’s only official Cittaslow Slow Town. Image by Jim Freeman.

What most people know about “slow” Sedgefield on the Garden Route – and it irks them – is that they have to slow down as they pass through the town on the N2 … and perhaps even stop at its single traffic light.

Sedgefield is Africa’s only official Cittaslow Slow Town, a movement whose goal is to resist the fast pace of life most cities while encouraging a healthier lifestyle, making…
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