Sunday, September 26, 2010

Klein Karoo landscape

The Klein Karoo is a narrow strip of land wedged between the Outeniqua Mountains to the south and the Swartberg Mountains to the north. Although its only about 70 kilometers wide, it stretched from the Langkloof in the direction of Cape Town as far as Montagu over a distance of a couple of hundred kilometers. The word "Klein" means little in Afrikaans and the word "Karoo" is a Khoi word which means place of thirst. Thus Klein Karoo means "Little Place of Thirst". The landscape is mostly dry and fairly barren, but it has a fantastic and alluring beauty of its own. Its even better when the moist air from the coastal side of the Outeniqua Mountains push through the valleys in the form of mist.

4 comments:

  1. I would love to be let loose in this area with a good camera. There must be so many exciting things to photograph besides the stunning view. Diane

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  2. Looks like the table cloth flowing over those mountains. I liked the Klein Karoo as it reminded me of the Arizona desert.

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  3. Few places as restful as the Klein Karoo - what a beautiful landscape!

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  4. This is such a typical scene for the area. What surprises me is the amount of fantastic insects found there. I am going to have to do a trip to the region soon.

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