road tripper eastern cape karoo
road tripper eastern cape karoo

Road Tripper Eastern Cape Karoo

4.33 out of 5
(6 customer reviews)


Traveller’s Companion to the Eastern Cape Karoo region of South Africa.

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This is a book that reveals the secrets and delights of one of South Africa’s finest and most affordable holiday routes.

Road Tripper Eastern Cape Karoo has been compiled and designed as an easy-to-use and compact illustrated guide with a map, 130 insights and an extensive directory to point you to the best of the region.

The book lets you:

  • Plan a route with overnight stops at Victorian-era hotels, friendly guesthouses and traditional farmstays;

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    Johan Trollope, one of the artists of Steytlerville.

  • Discover our array of Karoo padstalle (roadside farm stalls) and the delicious foods on offer;
  • Go on a remarkable pub crawl to all the quirky bars en route and get the publicans to sign their pages;
  • Learn the kind of lifestyle snippets you would never be able to source anywhere else;

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    The Eastern Cape Karoo – undiscovered adventures for the traveller.

  • Break the ice with the locals, who are a friendly and hospitable lot;
  • Work out your own Karoo Bucket List of travels.

And at the end of your journey, Road Tripper Eastern Cape Karoo will be your take-home memento of a lifetime experience. You will have made new friends and found fresh downtime hideaways to return to, year after year.

Road Tripper Eastern Cape Karoo is also available as an Ebook, which you can order HERE.

Note: The book price includes local postage. If you are ordering from outside South Africa, contact for postage tariffs.

4.33 out of 5

6 reviews for Road Tripper Eastern Cape Karoo

  1. 5 out of 5


    On Friday as I entered Victoria Nance’s Dustcovers in Nieu Bethesda I was greeted by your book. I got one and on arriving home, I read it, every spare moment. Firstly of coure Middelburg, then followed all the other places I know.
    Congrats on a very good piece of work. Believe me, I know how much research has to be done. (fortunate for you, you still have the youth on your side!!!)
    Well done

  2. 5 out of 5


    Just got Road Tripper yesterday and have finished it already!! It is wonderful and a great addition to Karoo literature !!! Well done! Love it!!

  3. 4 out of 5


    That talented and very productive team, Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit, have just released their latest travel book, Road Tripper – Eastern Cape Karoo. The general area is within striking distance of the lower South Coast, a day’s drive away, and this book then opens it up for us.

    The book covers 17 towns and villages and the routes in between over 256 facing pages, each with a colourful and often amusing description and usually charming black and white photograph, Chris’s speciality.

    We meet so many of the region’s human characters, and believe me, there are lots of characters in the Eastern Cape Karoo who have been tracked down by the team, interviewed and photographed, and a few animal characters as well.
    There is a directory section giving each destination a heading of Eat, Play, Townstays, Farmstays and Events, covering pubs and grub, things to do and see, and where to stay.

    Go fossil hunting, mountain biking or perhaps at the end of the day, stoep sitting. All this helps to make an ideal travelling companion, particularly as it’s easy to read and will fit into the cubby hole or side pocket of the vehicle.

    [This review appeared in the South Coast Herald ( in December 2016.]

  4. 4 out of 5


    We spent time in the Karoo over the December holidays and your Road Tripper book accompanied us all the way! Love the book! It made our trip so much more fun and also took us places we would never have known about!

  5. 4 out of 5


    We travelled parts of the Karoo in December with your Eastern Cape Karoo Road Tripper in hand (bought at padstal). What a pleasure it was to read parts of it aloud to my husband as we drove past or into places mentioned. You have a talent for spotting and recording such interesting new facts about familiar places. We lunched at the Meerkat Deli, sadly no ‘budding beauties’ to take with to Hermanus, but on the way back we could buy enough bottles to intrigue our friends in Pretoria, both with the taste as well as the story.

    Loved the vignettes on Padkos, Stoep-sitting and especially The Local Lingo. We certainly can’t kom klaar without your books!

    Sylvia van Straaten

  6. 4 out of 5


    The best of couch travel will lead to actual travel. In this book, Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit’s unparalleled knowledge of their ‘hood underpins every page.

    Visually breathtaking and narratively engrossing, the anecdotes and pictures bring the region to life.

    Follow the track on the map, get a taste you will want to eat, and let these locals introduce you to the legends of the area’s history.

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