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Rose Willis, Legendary Karoo Storyteller

Rose’s Round-up is a popular newsletter written by one who knows and loves the Karoo.

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Ostriches

Karoo Ostriches: Fluffy yet Formidable

The giant flightless ostrich of South Africa had a profound effect on the Karoo over centuries.

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Karoo wellness

Peace in the Desert

The Karoo’s clean air heals the body and its space unfolds mind and spirit in unexpected ways.

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Karoo food

Fifteen Feasts in the Karoo

Discover the authentic food and eating experiences in the Karoo. Go on a foodie safari and find its artisanal cheeses, goat salamis and new crops like pecans and pomegranates.

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Leguaan

Interlude with a Leguaan

Meeting up with a monitor lizard on a Karoo farm.

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Karoo farming

Predator Wars: Lynx vs Jackal

A Karoo sheep farmer may have stumbled across a revolutionary way of keeping his sheep more or less safe from jackals – by using caracals.

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Graaff-Reinet

Fracking, Shell and Bob’s Swimming Pool

In the Karoo, whether you’re the Dwarsvlei knitting circle, a church group or a book club, you may have the privilege of meeting high-up corporates who want to frack the shale gas out from under your feet. You may also learn more than you expected about a certain swimming pool.

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Karoo farming

Nguni Cattle vs Sheep

In the grassy Karoo of the Eastern Cape, you’re starting to see patterned Nguni cows grazing where before it was just sheep, sheep, sheep.

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Crow

The Problem with Pied Crows

Pied crow numbers are rising in the Karoo, causing problems for conservation and agriculture.

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Karoo Parliament

The First Karoo Parliament

The Karoo Parliament, with the theme ‘Sharing our Successes’, will take place in Philipstown during October 2013.

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