WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO THE KAROO, TODAY.
Inverdoorn – When people think about making a trip to South Africa for business or pleasure often the guidebooks will only tell them about the thriving metropolises of the rainbow nation such as
Cape Town, Johannesburg or even Durban.
But often times the places that really give you an insight into a people and true nature of a country are the quieter places in the middle, like the Klein Karoo (just 2.5 hours outside of Cape Town).
Because what the Overberg lacks in terms of the number of people per square kilometer or night life it makes up for in rich biodiversity, African animals, and beauty.
Lights, fast cars and clubs can be found almost anywhere in the world but the type of Fynbos that grows in the Karoo is one of a kind and cannot be found pushing through the pavements of urban areas. This means that the plants, flowers and shrubbery that grow in this desert-like-region is native and singular to it.
Making it a part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom, which is one of the 6 smallest floral kingdoms in the world. According to Wikipedia there are six of these floral kingdoms in the world and even though the one containing Fynbos located here in the Western Cape and stretching up to Port Elizabeth, this is the smallest it is the richest per unit of area out of the lot.
The sad part is that as wonderful as the natural flora and fauna of this area is, current estimates put more than 1700 species of the Fynbos biome at risk. So we have to be careful where we trend both in terms of actual footprints in and around Inverdoorn but also in the open spaces of the Overberg while on safari.
How awe-inspiring is it that you can see the big 5 on safari while being surrounded by some of the most wondrous flora in the world?
Another amazing thing about the Karoo is the quality of air out there. Most people, who grow up in cities, might not know what it’s like to take a breath clean air, unpolluted but rush hour congestion smog.
Another wonderful thing about the Klien Karoo is the night sky ; it really is something to behold, with more stars than I have ever seen before.
My favorite thing has to be the sunrises though because the reds, peachy oranges and blues are the likes of which you can only usually see in the movies.
So come to the Klien Karoo in South Africa and experience what nature has to offer.