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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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Radioactive

Uranium Mining Threatens the Karoo

Uranium mining and radioactive dust in the Karoo could be a far greater and much more immediate threat than fracking for shale gas.

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Antoinette Pienaar, Johannes Willemse

Karoo Herbs, Karoo Wisdom

In the middle of the Karoo is the farm Theefontein where Oom Johannes Willemse is teaching the art of healing to singer Antoinette Pienaar.

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Poplar Grove, Zen, Karoo, colesber

Six Offgrid Karoo Farmstays

In the spirit of a true unplugged adventure, Karoo Space ferreted out half a dozen offgrid Karoo farmstays where you can re-discover yourself, your family and your frontier spirit.

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Black wildebeest and windpump, Karoo

Corridor Through the Karoo

A Biodiversity Corridor is being created to protect the Karoo mountain lands and hidden valleys between Cradock and Graaff-Reinet for future generations.

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