Not far from Graaff-Reinet is a lovely old Karoo farmhouse built around the time of the Anglo-Boer War, which now doubles as a self-catering cottage. So here we are, perched on a hill with an uninterrupted view of hills and bush, not a single sign of civilisation anywhere – unless you count the sound of distant sheep complaining.
Summer is here and with it the lull of long hot days and some time off work. Whether you’re heading into the boondocks to get away from the end-of-year madness, or just taking a picnic to the beach, it’s a chance to read, relax and plan your next getaway.
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