Classic Karoo

The history, heritage and legends of the Old Karoo.

Train Journeys Through the Karoo

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

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Kendrew’s Forgotten Past

A Karoo train siding called Kendrew, and the dark side of movie mogul Isadore William Schlesinger.

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Snakes and Secretarybirds

Extract from The First Safari – Searching for Francois Levaillant by Ian Glenn.

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Graveyards of the Karoo

Cemetery Tourism and Tombstone Travel in the Karoo

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Stoep Stories from Victoria West, Karoo

The little Northern Cape town of Victoria West has a stylish history, a buzzing present and the promise of a bright future.

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Legendary Karoo Field Hospital Celebrated

The superb back story of a Karoo field hospital set up during the Anglo-Boer (South African) War – Yeomen of the Karoo.

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Old South African Brands in the Karoo

As you pass enamel signs somewhere in the Karoo, do you ever wonder where the brands came from – and what happened to them?

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The Royal Karoo

A lovely doggerel dedicated to the British Royals after whom many Karoo towns are named.

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Thoughts in a Karoo Graveyard

There are many stories – some sad, some wondrous, others downright weird – to be found at the Cradock graveyard in the Karoo Heartland.

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Restoring Karoo Architecture

Karoo architecture is a natural outcome of building for desert conditions with few materials. The appeal remains in its simplicity and elegant pragmatism.

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