Those who dismiss the Karoo as simply a semi-arid wasteland are missing some of SA’s most fascinating attractions.
Among the natural are the awe-inspiring rock formations of Meiringspoort or the Valley of Desolation, which contrast with the vast plains and typical Karoo flat topped koppies. The hardy vegetation survives against all odds and is remarkably varied. The fauna is too – but it’s not in-your-face – so glimpses of springbok, meerkat, tortoise, grysbok, pale chanting goshawks etc are all the more exciting and rewarding.
And then there is the sky – a true blue dome which encompasses one, and at night is lit by stars, seemly so close and so many, that one could reach out and gather them by the handful.
Those self-same stars, together with the universe in which they are set, form the basis for global cutting-edge technological attractions like SALT and SKA and C-Bass telescopes. Their sheer physical size is mind-boggling; couple this with the scope of their purpose and one is hit with pride at the position South Africa holds within the field of astronomy.
Throw in ubiquitous windmills, quaint dorpies (with unique highlights), hospitable locals and good food and you’ll find the Karoo is well worth a visit. Why not let SA Guided Tours take you there?
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