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The Charm of the Desert Explored in this Excerpt from The Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman

The Historical KarooFor many people, the Karoo is just an inconveniently large and unrelentingly hot patch of dust in the middle of South Africa. But it is land filled with history. The Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman colours in the dry landscape by pointing out the landmarks and places of historical interest.

The Historical Karoo is organised by the three main routes through the Karoo, with short histories and interesting stories about each town along the way. This excerpt, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, is about Wagenaarskraal and an introduction to the Karoo.

Read the excerpt:

In the Karoo you seem to be going up a winding ascent, like the ramps that lead to an Indian fortress. You are forever pulling up an incline between hills, making for a corner round one of the ranges. You feel that when you get round that corner you will at last see something: you arrive and only see another incline, two more ranges, and another corner, surely this time with something to arrive at beyond. You arrive and arrive, and the more you arrive, and once more you see the same vast nothing you are coming from. Believe it or not, that is the very charm of a desert – the unfenced emptiness, the space, the freedom, the unbroken arch of the sky.

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