24 March 2015 by Lethabo-Thabo Royds

Meet the Karoo – photo essay

If your heart is calling for you to venture into nature, experience great beauty, live a slower life and enjoy stunning views, then try the Karoo.

Karoo windmill. Image courtesy of Danie Steyn, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

Though arid, huge and with extreme temperatures, the Karoo is a real gem – it has a number of magnificent attractions that will take your breath away, inspire you and leave you waiting to return. Allow us to introduce you, through beautiful images, to this region, which falls in the provinces of the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

Part of the charm of the Karoo is its old-world feel – expect to see many farms, vintage architecture and laid-back way of life. A farm stay is a popular way of visiting the area.

<p>Pumpkin delivery van in Worcester, Western Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

Pumpkin delivery van in Worcester, Western Cape. Image courtesy of Rob Millenaar, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>Karoo farmhouse in the Eastern Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

Karoo farmhouse in the Eastern Cape. Image courtesy of Graham Hobbs, aka 1 other people, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

The Karoo is well known for its windmills (see feature image at the top of the page); its interesting small towns; its vast open spaces; and its giant quiver trees.

<p>Looking out over the town of Nieu-Bethesda to Kompasberg, Eastern Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

Looking out over the town of Nieu-Bethesda to Kompasberg, Eastern Cape. Image courtesy of Graham Hobbs aka 1 other people, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>Quiver tree. Image courtesy of <a href=

Quiver tree. Image courtesy of Mujahid ur Rehman aka Mujahid's Photography, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

Many visitors, on leaving South Africa, often talk of its friendly and welcoming people. The people of the Karoo, especially, embody this: they are known for their great hospitality, welcoming ways and hearty meals. Of course, a meal with a friendly host and a beautiful view just makes the experience that much more enjoyable (as pictured below).

<p>A friendly woman serves breakfast in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

A friendly woman serves breakfast in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. Image courtesy of lyn aka Sandalwood19, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>Breakfast with a view in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

Breakfast with a view in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape. Image courtesy of lyn aka Sandalwood19, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

Finally, let us introduce you to the Karoo's big skies – skies made for stargazing, and skies that offer unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.

<p>Winter sunrise in the Karoo National Park. Image courtesy of <a href=

Winter sunrise in the Karoo National Park. Image courtesy of WhatsThePointSA, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>Sunset in Sutherland, Northern Cape. Image courtesy of <a href=

Sunset in Sutherland, Northern Cape. Image courtesy of Lysmask, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>Karoo sunset. Image courtesy of <a href=

Karoo sunset. Image courtesy of Renier Siebrits, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

<p>A colourful sunset in Beaufort West. Image courtesy of<a href=

A colourful sunset in Beaufort West. Image courtesy of lyn aka Sandalwood19, shared with our Love South Africa Flickr group

So grab your camera, head to the Karoo and prepare for the experience of a lifetime. Then share your pictures with the Flickr Love South Africa group – we would love to see them.

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