Thursday, 12 April 2012

South African hospitality: Karoo style

There's a part of South Africa that I don't know very well at all, but the older I get, the more interesting it seems. When I was younger, I couldn't understand why people spoke of the beauty of the Karoo, yet now it makes so much sense to me. 
The Klein Karoo ('little Karoo') is the southern region of the Karoo, a semi-desert area of South Africa. It's famous for its lamb, for artist's who have found solitude and inspiration in its rugged remoteness, and for the hospitality of its residents.
Views over vineyards and along the mighty Swartberg mountain range, long walks in fresh air followed by red wine in front of a roaring fire, then sleeping soundly in a homestead that's offered respite to weary souls since 1759, wouldn't a weekend stay at Boesmanskop be just the place to restore your soul?  
There's an ostrich hatchery on the working farm - expect some feathered guests!
The Swartberg mountain range

Traditional 'riempie' stools and antique dining furniture in the living areas, as well as the obligatory skin...
Good, honest South African living. 
And available to rent - if you take me with you, I'll bring the wine.




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