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Springtime in the desert: an odyssey through the Karoo


Springtime in the desert: an odyssey through the Karoo

Take a journey through the heart of the fabled landscape from the western Karoo to the West Coast

Nicolas Yell

If you have a high-clearance SUV, why not let it cosset you and the family over the wild and liberating plains of the Karoo this spring? Yes, it’s probably only ever mounted a shopping mall pavement before, but with some all-terrain tyres fitted you can set off on an adventure across the gravel roads of the Karoo that will set your mind free. 

Western Karoo to West Coast Route summary

While the route is designed to begin and end in Cape Town, you can join it at any point. The first gravel section of this three-night, four-day back roads odyssey starts just outside Touws River and heads northeast across the Ceres Karoo, skirting the Moordenaars Karoo before bringing you to your first overnight stop in Sutherland...

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