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Eastern Cape - Karoo Map

Great Karoo

Over the last 250 million years, the Great Karoo has lived many lives – it’s been a glacier, a swampland and even a sea.  Today it is a dry, hot semi-desert region popular with paleontologists and sheep farmers.  Visitors are attracted to the vast open plains; in spring and summer many people are drawn to witness the myriad of spring flowers that seemingly miraculously carpet the landscape.  It’s a bewitching part of the country: with its fiery sunsets and starry skies it’s a landscape that has inspired some of South Africa’s greatest authors such as Olive Schreiner, Athol Fugard and Etienne van Heerden.