If you had fun with Karoo Roads I, then slipping into Karoo Roads II is going to be like bumping into an old friend in the street. And going off for a four-hour lunch together.
We put on our Karoo Goggles once more and venture forth in search of good stories, painstakingly gathered over the years.
And we find them, riding hard with the Boer fighters in the Camdeboo Mountains, descending the Orange-Fish River Tunnel in Teebus, running with the Philipstown kids and their draadkarretjies, nosing about the Cradock graveyard, dancing the Nama Riel in Williston and following the Great Floods of 2011 from the Gariep Dam to Gordonia. We find out why, even in the midst of an eight-year drought, smart young families are flocking to Steytlerville.
We roam from koeksister lessons in Brandvlei to alien-spotting in Smithfield, a love letter from Walter Battiss in Somerset East to an astounding Bushman art gallery in a gully just south of Jamestown. We dig up Mother Church legends all over the Karoo and spend a very special Christmas in Graaff-Reinet. And we provide all the facts you will ever need when chatting to a Karoo farmer about his Merino sheep.
We recall the days of the trekbokke, when the plains ran thick with millions of antelope, we visit the world-class creatives of Prince Albert, the binnekamp of the Alexander Bay diamond mine and spend some down-time on a Heartland farm, simply watching cricket.
These are some of our favourite tales that live outside the echo chamber, on the hardy frontier of South Africa. Join us. Your inner Karoo journey continues here. Come along for the ride.
This First Edition of Karoo Roads II is offered as a signed and limited print run, and is now available on pre-order. Copies will be sent out in August by courier.
The cost to you, as a Karoo Space reader living in South Africa, is R350. If you are outside SA, we’ll work postage rates out. An e-book version of Karoo Roads II will also be on sale.
The effects of your contribution:
- You will be part of our process of story-telling by joining us on a publishing journey, keeping us on the road and telling stories from the Karoo;
- As one of the book’s ‘patrons’, you will be getting a limited edition of something timelessly valuable.
Interested? E-mail co-author Julienne du Toit at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and deals. Ask her about the Subscriber Special: Karoo Roads I and II couriered to you.