About Chris Marais

Train Journeys Through the Karoo

Extract from Antony Osler’s latest book, Mzansi Zen – Karoo train journeys.

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Hantam School: No Child Left Behind

South Africa’s education system is broken. But in a remote area of the Northern Cape Karoo, the Hantam Community Education Trust farm school lights the way forward.

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The First Karoo Tourists

Being a Karoo traveller 200 years ago was a different kettle of fish.

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The Quiver Trees of Kenhardt

Kenhardt’s quiver trees (kokerbome) are the living – and dying – witnesses to climate change in southern Africa’s arid areas.

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12 Reasons to Holiday in the Karoo

Affordable, safe, fun and other great reasons to come on holiday to the Karoo – now!

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Cricketing Legend of The Midland Bat

Said to be the oldest active cricketing trophy in South Africa, The Midland Bat has been contested in the Eastern Cape Karoo since 1891.

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Churches of the Karoo

Karoo churches come with fascinating back-stories.

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Journey Man Extracts: Dances with Wolwe

The Journey Man is a reporter’s memoir that takes you back to South Africa 1975 – 1995.

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Moving to a Small South African Town

The big decision: to leave the city and move to a small town in the country.

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Moving to the Karoo: 12 Handy Survival Hints

Some useful advice on moving to the Karoo.

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