About Julienne du Toit

Off-Grid, Low-Tech and Low Budget

How to live lean in the South African platteland.

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road tripper eastern cape karoo

A Karoo Winter Preview

Winter in the Karoo – the best time to visit South Africa’s Heartland.

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Ben Dekker – A South African Legend

Friendly encounters with South Africa’s own Robinson Crusoe, Ben Dekker.

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Riverine Rabbit, Karoo, rivers

The Karoo’s Riverine Rabbit

Not only is the riverine rabbit critically endangered, it is found only in the Karoo. New technology though, is capturing it in novel places.

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Roadtrip

A Gentle Guide to Karoo Roadtripping

The Karoo is all about slow travel. Here are a dozen handy tips to extract maximum enjoyment from your journey through this semi-desert.

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Cradock’s Water Crisis

Despite being beside the Fish River, Cradock has had constant water supply problems for nearly three years, caused by Chris Hani District Municipality. Residents are furious.

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Gussie Botha, Vukusebenze Shelter, Cradock

Heroes of Cradock – Gussie and Baba Botha

Thanks to Gussie and Baba Botha, Vukusebenze Shelter in Cradock is a living testament to the kindness of local people and visitors.

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Karoo Boerseep

The Alchemy of Karoo Boerseep

Nothing removes organic stains as well as boerseep. And as we found out in Murraysburg, this traditional laundry soap is still made the same old way.

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The Karoo Road Tripper Stamp

The South African road trip route where, if you ask the right question, you may get a surprise gift – that’s the magic of the Eastern Cape Karoo.

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Karoo, Tequila, Agave, Graaff-Reinet

The Legend of Karoo Tequila

Remember the heady days of Karoo Tequila? That Agave stuff with a kick like a Mexican mule? This is its pickled history.

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