At first glance, it might seem like nothing much happens here. But the landscape – and its characters – are full of life. Here are some of our favourite escapes between the West Coast and Augrabies Falls, plus top tips for any trip to the Kgalagadi Transf
This province is so big we had to send two Getaway writers to cover it. Here are their top finds
‘ The Karoo is so vast that if you fight with your wife and she left, you could watch her walking away for three weeks,’ says Danie van Zyl of Keimoes. ‘Wake up each day to her turning into a speck of dust on the landscape.’ This is true. The openness of the sky makes big rocky mountains appear insignificant. The sky steals the show. In this never-ending landscape, quiver trees seem to appear out of nowhere, adding texture and character to the barrenness. The sighting of a body of water seems magical, a miracle. The people who live here share this unique beauty with visitors wholeheartedly. Their generosity, we discovered, is as big as the place they live in.
It’s not always about frenetic rafting – Welcome takes a slow paddle down the Orange River courtesy of the Kalahari River Company. OPPOSITE The cottages at Naries Namakwa Retreat are surrounded by fynbos.
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