If you love the back roads and little dorpies of the dry South African heartland that is the Karoo, you have two choices. You can fill up with high-priced fuel and go exploring on four wheels, or you can put yourself in the hands of authors Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit and let them be your virtual guides. They’ve made it their mission to travel to every corner of the Karoo to meet people and document the way of life. Now, with the launch of their ebook store, it just got easier to enjoy virtual travels through the Karoo.
‘As Karoo authors, we record, reflect and celebrate local life,’ they say. ‘Today you’ll find us interviewing a jackal hunter, tomorrow we’ll be at a food festival and sometime next week we might be puffing up a farmer’s hill to look at some San etchings.’
It’s no surprise, then, that their latest offering of five new ebooks is a delightful jumble of ‘faces, places, lifestyle and laughter all rolled up into word and photo essays that will show you the really inspiring bits of South Africa that seldom hit the headlines’.
You’ll also delve into the charm of the land of flood and drought, wind pumps, leiwater furrows, quiver trees and prickly pears, of heritage roses, fossils, matjieshuise and the Nama Riel. And if you’re up for more fun, let the authors escort you to festivals like AfrikaBurn or the dusty madness of the Williston Winter Festival.
Each of their short, bite-sized glimpses of Karoo life is accompanied by vivid photos that evoke the character of the Karoo – the deeply wrinkled faces, the bright colours, the unusual photo angles that bring new life to an everyday subject.
If you enjoy reading about the quaint and the quirky, the weird and the wonderful of our Karoo heartland, you’ll love going along for the virtual ride with Chris and Julie.
The ebooks are in pdf format, best for reading on your tablet or computer. As a launch special, you can get the three ebooks – Karoo Keepsakes, Karoo Keepsakes II and 101 Karoo Towns – for the price of two; that’s three jam-packed Karoo ebooks for $30 instead of $45. Find the full details and shopping cart on their website.
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