There is no other place like it on the planet.
South Africa’s vast dry heartland – the Karoo – is a blasted heath to the uninitiated who rush through on its blacktop highways between Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.
But for those who learn its secrets – via our ever-growing series of custom-made Karoo Books – the journey becomes the time of their lives.
They know all about the wandering ways of the leopard tortoise in the spring month of September, because they have read about it in Karoo Keepsakes II.
They know the potted history of each town they pass through, because they have 101 Karoo Towns on their electronic devices.
And they’ll find you the best overnight accommodations by simply using the link features on that book.
They know about the people on the donkey carts they sometimes encounter on a dirt road somewhere off the N1, because they own a copy of Karoo Keepsakes I.
They’ve met some of the creative and eccentric characters profiled in both editions of Karoo Keepsakes.
They recognise lesser kestrels and know that they have a mysterious love for Karoo towns.
They know what a dolerite koppie is, and that when ants become busy the rains are not far off.
The authors are award-winning photographers, writers and publishers Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit. They’re constantly out in the Karoo hinterland gathering the narratives of the region for generations to come.
Take a trip through this website and learn about the Karoo. But be aware that the real treasure house of Karoo tales lies waiting for you in the Karoo Space e-Bookshop.