Karoo Blog

Days in the lives of two photojournalists living in and travelling around the Karoo.
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Eleven Platteland Hospitality Tips

Thinking of moving to the South African platteland and opening up a guest house?

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Journey Man Extracts: Dances with Wolwe

The Journey Man is a reporter’s memoir that takes you back to South Africa 1975 – 1995.

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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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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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Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Christmas 2017 rains have fallen all over the Karoo – a timely blessing.

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Road Tripper Wins at Richmond Bookfest

The Road Tripper – Eastern Cape Karoo wins award at the 2017 Richmond Bookbedonnerd Festival.

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Downtime in the Karoo

Things I never did in the city…

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Off-Grid, Low-Tech and Low Budget

How to live lean in the South African platteland.

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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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Journey Man Extracts – Freelance Week Follies

Freelance journalism is not for sissies – as Chris Marais finds out on the road in The Journey Man.

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