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Heritage South Africas National Symposium Great Success! More about Heritage South Africas National Symposium Great Success!
Guests from five provinces and many local Karoo residents attended the National Heritage Symposium held in Richmond the weekend of October 16-18th. All presentations received rave reviews and they included Dr Judy McGuire of Prince Albert who has surveyed 120 Upper Karoo farmsteads, Prof Bruce Rubidge who had the audience in peals of laughter, and Graham Viney (who set the record straight about verandahs added on to Karoo houses and managed to make it just in time after being flown in on the plane that brought the Muratie Wine Estate wines for the Saturday night wine pairing with Annatjie Reynolds of Karoo Venison at the MAP Gallery).
A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project More about A Richmond Community Development Foundation Project
Before we move on to some more literary highlights of the festival, we are proud to announce that renowned Elvis Presley artist James Marais will be joining us in Richmond. He will officially shake, rattle and roll BookBedonnerd VII to a close.
Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve More about Prestigious Award for Aquila Game Reserve
Aquila Private Game Reserve near Touws River has been awarded second place for Service Excellence in the Accommodation category of the Lilizela Awards. The judging was largely based on guest feedback, measurements having been put in place to allow the public to cast their vote.
Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact More about Aquila Private Game Reserve Creates Impact
Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices.
Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions More about Schreiner House, Cradock - New Exibitions
The exhibitions which have been in the House since it was opened in 1986 have been totally scrapped and an exciting new set was erected in time for last month's 'Schreiner: Karoo Writers Festival'. And then in the Ikhamanga Hall, which forms part of the Schreiner House property, there is yet another new exhibition titled '200 000 Years of History; 200 Years of Cradock; and 20 Years of Democracy'.
Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter More about Cradock’s Vukusebenze Shelter
One way of gauging the nature of a small town is to see how the poorest of the poor are treated.
Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two! More about Karoo Space e-Bookstore Launch Special: Three for Two!
To celebrate the opening of our Karoo Space e-Bookstore, we are offering you all three books (normally priced at $15 each) for the price of two: $30.
New SA regulations for travelling with kids More about New SA regulations for travelling with kids
Cape Town - South Africa's immigration laws have recently undergone an intense revision with newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba saying the amendments are "in the best interest of South Africa's security and allows for efficient management of migration".
Karoo Space Books Go Digital More about Karoo Space Books Go Digital
The Karoo Space e-Bookstore launched - get these beautiful Karoo collections on-line.
Travel Ad Budgets in USA focus on Direct-Response Options More about Travel Ad Budgets in USA focus on Direct-Response Options
Direct-response advertising is the option of choice for many American companies in the tourism industry, mainly because it has offered them such success when it comes to the key areas of business like online booking, and it seems that this preference is set to continue in 2014 and beyond with the vast majority of these online travel agencies putting a substantial amount of their online advertising budget into the venture.
Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford More about Flagship Gardens Open for Festival - Bedford
The list of farm gardens open to visitors during the Bedford Garden Festival (14 to 26 October 2014) are sure to delight everyone.
Lilizela Tourism Award Road Show More about Lilizela Tourism Award Road Show
You are invited to a Lilizela Tourism Award Road Show to be held on the 20 of May, 2014 at the Graham Hotel, at 10h00.
Grahamstown's Flower Festival Moves Up More about Grahamstown's Flower Festival Moves Up
This year the Grahamstown Flower Festival will be held at the 1820 Settlers' Monument.
The Restoration of the Old Gaol (in 1984) More about The Restoration of the Old Gaol (in 1984)
The Restoration of Grahamstown's Old Gaol in 1984.
A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS More about A NEW ONLINE TREND IN SENIOR TRAVEL BOOKINGS
Online and mobile travel booking is often perceived as being a young man's game, with some companies understandably targeting the more youthful demographic that seems to be constantly attached to their smartphones; however, research shows that 23% of the total internet population is over 55, a sizeable portion of users that shows that senior travellers are heading online more readily than the tourism industry may have suspected.
Baviaanskloof Hartland 6-Day Hiking Trail More about Baviaanskloof Hartland 6-Day Hiking Trail
Recently a group of Baviaanskloof farmers introduced a 6 Day hiking experience in the Baviaanskloof Hartland. This unique 6 day hiking trail traversing 12km per day takes you on the main road over private land and into Parks Board property.
Standard Bank in Grahamstown More about Standard Bank in Grahamstown
Standard Bank's Grahamstown branch was an award winning building when it was built in 1933.
The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo More about The Declining State of Kudu in the High Karoo
Increased biodiversity leads to healthier ecology but the social structure of Kudu in many parts of the Karoo is out of balance.
Science Slammers at SciFest Africa More about Science Slammers at SciFest Africa
You probably believe that your research is worth shouting about, but is anyone out there listening?
WILD FLY FISHING IN THE KAROO More about WILD FLY FISHING IN THE KAROO
The Karoo landscapes of blistering horizons, blue mountains, bright blue skies and charcoal singed plains does not exactly conjure up pictures of fly fishing, never mind water or trophy Trout.
Karoo Keepsakes II Launched More about Karoo Keepsakes II Launched
The well known Karoo author and photographer couple Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit launched their latest book on the Karoo last night at the Ron Belling Art Gallery in Port Elizabeth.
New Black Footed Cat at Cradock More about New Black Footed Cat at Cradock
Diva, a female black footed cat, arrived at her new home at Clifton farm near Cradock on 11 October 2013. Diva is about 18 months and was born in captivity on a farm in the North West Province. When the owners sold the farm it became necessary to find a new home for her.
Namakwa Flower Update More about Namakwa Flower Update
For more information on the latest flower displays and flower hotspots you can now download the latest West Coast Flower Report.
Flamingos at Ganora Guest Farm, Nieu Bethesda More about Flamingos at Ganora Guest Farm, Nieu Bethesda
To JP Steynberg of Ganora Guest Farm's surprise he noticed Flamingos this morning as he approached the one farm dam. "We have never noticed them before in this area and are so pleased that they joined our other birdlife on Ganora." On the above photo they seem to be welcomed by the Shelducks (Bergeende).
Two Karooheartland Towns nominated More about Two Karooheartland Towns nominated
Two Karoo Heartland Towns namely Somerset East and Steytlerville have been nominated as Eastern Cape finalists in the Kwela "Dorp van die Jaar" competition. Please vote for your favorite Town(s) and make sure that the Eastern Cape win the 2013 competition.
2013 SA 160 km Endurance Riding Championships More about 2013 SA 160 km Endurance Riding Championships
Schanskraal Estate (home to the Welbech Arabian Stud) has been chosen as the venue for the South African 160km (100 Miler) Championships for the second year running during the Schanskraal FEI Ride on the 19th October 2013.
Baby jumbo's amazing rescue from Addo dam More about Baby jumbo's amazing rescue from Addo dam
HE AIN’T heavy, he’s my bubba. A recent incident in the Addo Elephant National Park has highlighted the extraordinary intelligence and caring nature of elephants.
We don't cry, we sing - South Africa More about We don't cry, we sing - South Africa
In this coffee table book compiled by Meinrad Heck and Peter Maurer Nie Bethesda and Ganora Guest Farm is mentioned. Please read the relevant section about JP and Jacob of Nieu Bethesda..
Bruintjieshoogte Marathon 2013 More about Bruintjieshoogte Marathon 2013
On Saturday 23rd February, the Bruintjieshoogte Marathon was run, for the 36th time, in perfect conditions, and was very well supported. Visitors were full of praise for the beautiful route, and the great organisation. Well done to the local Athletics Club, and the sponsors.
Seven Eagle species in High Karoo Park More about Seven Eagle species in High Karoo Park
In December 2012 a Booted Eagle was photographed in the High Karoo Park, making seven Eagle species now identified in the park.
Vusi thrills Nieu-Bethesda More about Vusi thrills Nieu-Bethesda
WHEN Vusi Mahlasela took to the stage in the quaint Bohemian town of Nieu-Bethesda, he had a strong message for his audience: put an end to plans for fracking in the Karoo.
Social media is the most important factor to inspire travel - survey More about Social media is the most important factor to inspire travel - survey
Commissioned by Text100 Global Communications, a study surveyed 4,600 consumers in 13 countries and examined the increasing importance of social media and mobile technology in helping a person decide where to go on holiday.
Prestigious rating for Calitzdorp Port More about Prestigious rating for Calitzdorp Port
The De Krans The Last (Cape Vintage Reserve) Port 2010 has been awarded a 5-star rating in the internationally recognized 2013 Platter's South African Wine Guide.
Drostdy Hotel, Graaff-Reinet, temporary closure More about Drostdy Hotel, Graaff-Reinet, temporary closure
The landmark Drostdy Hotel, nestled in the heart of the historic town of Graaff-Reinet in the Great Karoo, has closed in order for extensive renovations to take place.
Jansenville Beautification Project
The Local Tourism Organization has completed the "Welcome to Jansenville" structures at the entrances of the town and are busy beautifying the area at the Bridge.
Opening Of The Jansenville Hunting Season More about Opening Of The Jansenville Hunting Season
The annual Opening of the Hunting Season in Jansenville is on the first Friday of July 2012. The Opening of the Season offers great atmosphere and lots of fun. Come and join us in 2012!
The Karoo Lamb Restaurant in Nieu Bethesda will be hosting the duo 'Rouge' More about The Karoo Lamb Restaurant in Nieu Bethesda will be hosting the duo 'Rouge'
The Karoo Lamb Restaurant will be hosting the duo 'Rouge' on Friday the second of September. Join us for an evening of nostalgic love songs and a delicious plate of Ian Allemann's famous Potjie for only R70! There is no cover charge but a hat will be passed.
Blue Cranes Released More about Blue Cranes Released
Four members of South Africa’s national bird species, rescued from illegal captivity and rehabilitated in Port Elizabeth, were released into the wild yesterday.
 

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