Karoo dirt roads and frosty mornings - Part 3


ROUTE: from Kwandwe via Bedford to Cookhouse then to Somerset East, Pearston and to my school town of Graaff Reinet. Kids and I almost blew off the mountain as we stopped for a picnic break in Valley of Desolation.

Then we took an amazing dirt road to Richmond (loved this drive) and finally ended at Bloemhof Karoo.

EXPERIENCE: I heard about Bloemhof Karoo years ago and yearned to visit. Having never been in the ‘area’ I sort of gave up on seeing this farm. But planned this journey around a stay here. The girls and I loved the farm stay experience and amazing hospitality from the team. This was a quintessential Karoo farm in every aspect. Frosty mornings, homemade rusks, porridge for breakfast, feeding lambs, chasing ducks, wonderful walks, afternoon tea, orange-pink sunsets and finally venison pie for supper.

Zaza and Bea named the animals and had a particular bond with Shaun - the little lamb. We also met inspiring owner Jenny Pickard and heard about the community work being done for the marginalized people of Richmond, another small Karoo town with a rich history and a very poor future. The economic impact of COVID across small towns is frightening.

I urge every person to head out into the Karoo, do as many backroads as possible, support local people, buy fuel in the towns not the One-Stops on the N1, tip the person who cleans your window and enjoy the wide-open spaces.