Karoo Keepsakes is a thoughtful gift, a traveller’s companion and a dedication to the people and the places that make up the dry Heartland of South Africa.
Written and photographed by long-time Karoo journalists Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit, Karoo Keepsakes is a collection of words and images that give you an insider’s view of what’s to be found under the seemingly flat vastness of the Karoo.
If you hate the story of pre-Man, pre-Dinosaur and the various extinctions that turned the sky black and froze the tracks of countless animals in clay forever, the Karoo is not your place.
If you can’t stand the sight of wide-angle landscapes, quirky little cantina-like padstalle at roadside, flashes of springbok rushing across the plains, the pure peace of waking up on a midwinter’s morning on a Karoo farm, the call of the super jackal at sunset and the lunchtime laughter of the great story-tellers of the Eastern Cape Midlands, then simply pass on by.
But we believe there’s a Karoo in the heart of everyone, so chances are you’ll be up for the adventure.
In this book, you’ll hear about the outpost stockmen of the Richtersveld, the dassie–eagle wars, Victorian architecture, the outsider artists, the crazy adventurers of the 18th century, the rituals of the huiskonsert, the Nama Stap, the Scottish stockbroker who loves the company of farmers, ghosts, UFOs, all manner of eccentrics, festivals, earthworms, folded mountains, country divas and lost valleys.
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