Karoo dreaming – stunning timelapse video
May 8, 2013
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I love the Karoo,  its one of my favourite places in South Africa. I know you’re probably tired of me telling you how much I love South Africa, but there is so much beauty everywhere in Mzansi. I’m compelled to share it with the world.

karoo timelapse

The picture above, one of my favourite Instagram images,  is of the Swartberg mountains outside Prince Albert in the Karoo and is the perfect spot for sundowners. The Karoo is famous for its sleepy little villages, shimmering heat, its lamb and its starry skies.

There’s something special about the Karoo skies, a sense of enormity that takes your breath away and gives you goosebumps at the same time.  The skies are the bluest of blues during the daytime, the deepest black at night and seem to go on forever. You get the feeling that if you look hard enough you may see the heavens.  There’s also something in the air – its pure – and coming form the city, it feels like there’s more of it out there.  The Karoo makes you appreciate breathing, to take in the fresh air and all the beauty that surrounds it.

I recently came across this stunning time lapse footage of the Karoo. The video was captured by Timelapse SA who spent 7 nights in the Karoo filming it. I love how it captures the awesomeness of the openness of the Karoo, its magnificent skies and even the milky way. Do yourself a favour; while the video is streaming,  turn on HD, turn up the volume on your speakers and take it all in.



My travel experiences in the Karoo, mainly around the dorpies (little towns) of Nieu Bethesda and Prince Albert, have been nothing short of wonderful. Think dozy arty villages with local artisanal food, wide open spaces, quirky locals and the biggest skies imaginable.

For more information on the Karoo, check out

If you’ve been to the Karoo, what are your favourite parts? Any tips for my next roadtrip there?


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Meruschka Govender

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  • Di Brown says:

    Absolutely agree. If you need to de-stress and get your head and heart in order the Karoo is the place. Suggestions for your next trip.
    From Calitzdorp take the Kruisrivier road. Withoek, Axe Hill and Bayleys wine estates are on this road. Continue to The Retreat at Groenfontein, 20km from Calitzdorp. Continue on this road through the Red Mountains, fantastic place to stop and breathe. This road loops all the way road and joins the R62 just past the Rietfontein Ostrich Palace, also worth stopping at. From there it is only 30km to Oudtshoorn. This is a fantastic route, allocate a whole day for it.Enjoy

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