All along the way there are many farm gates with little dirt roads leading to farms and fields. Most of the time they are nothing more than a two wheel track. The platteland (rural countryside) truly has its own beauty. (Or have I said that before?)
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
The Karoo, meaning Place of Thirst in the Khoi San language, is the area of the Eastern and Western Cape between the coast and the Free State province. It is mainly a farming area with little, sometimes forgotten, towns dotting the landscape. The Karoo has a different kind of beauty to it and is often described as Big sky country for the fact that there isn't much out there that can obscure the sky. At night there is just about no light pollution so the stars are awesome. The area is similar to the Australian Outback, just not quite a desert.
Unless you whizz through the Karoo on the N1 between Cape Town and Johannesburg you are likely to find roads that are much less travelled. Often you can see down a road for miles and there won't be any other cars on it. It kinda feels like a road through nowhere where nothing grows about this high, but that's far from the truth. It has a awesomeness of its own which not everybody appreciates.