About Chris Marais

Karoo Road Trip on Route 63

A Grand Karoo road trip on Route 63, the quiet heart of South Africa.

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Tales from Die Tuishuise, Cradock

Die Tuishuise and Victoria Manor Hotel feature in Road Tripper – Eastern Cape Karoo.

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Living the Steam at Sandstone Estates

Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Tanks & Tractors all gather in a ten-day heritage machine festival at Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free State in April 2017. Here’s why you just can’t miss it.

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Gordonia Road Trip: Into the River Pirates’ Lair

Where the hell is Gordonia? And where did the river pirates bury their treasure?

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Pubs & Padstalle of Route 62

The pub crawl possibilities and retail delights along Route 62, Western Cape, South Africa

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Obie’s Karoo

Celebrated South African photographer Obie Oberholzer’s book Karoo – Long Time Passing.

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Karoo Life I – 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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Churches of the Karoo

Karoo churches come with fascinating back-stories.

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Moving to the Karoo: 12 Handy Survival Hints

Some useful advice on moving to the Karoo.

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Steel Flowers – Windpumps of the Karoo

Celebrating the iconic windpumps of the South African Karoo veld.

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