Monday, August 22, 2011

Travels Through the Karoo (Graaff Reinet)

"Surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park, Graaff-Reinet, the heart of the 'Great Karoo' – Place of Thirst – is a boundless and mysterious area covered by vast sheep and game farms, where broad plains roll away to distant koppies and multilayered mountains that seem to touch the indigo sky. Listen to the silence, breathe in the aged earth and the Karoo bossies (which conjure up the taste of Karoo lamb!), and gaze at a startlingly clear horizon that seems drawn at the other end of the earth. Our clear night skies are studded with countless stars; even other galaxies are visible with the naked eye, offering some of the best star gazing in the world. Fossils of some of the earliest forms of one-celled life have been discovered here, indicating that life has existed in this region for three billion years. The richness of pre-dinosaur fossils in this region is world-renowned."

We stopped in for tea and some Springbok biltong...

From the dining-room
Rather extraordinary find - an old pharmacy window (NFS)

A ceiling... yes ceiling made from dorings (thorns)
our parking place at Kuilfontein
Words from here

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