karoo

AfrikaBurn: a festival of radical self-expression

For one week each year, the savannah of the Karoo is turned into Tankwa Town, a vibrant yet temporary hub of creativity when thousands...

Gift of the Givers appeals for Beaufort West water help

South African relief aid organisation the Gift of the Givers has appealed to all South Africans to help combat the drought in the Western...

Backpacking in South Africa

If you've got more time than money, there's no better way to see South Africa than to backpack your way around its many offerings: spectacular beauty, a mosaic of cultures, incredible value for money, massive adventure potential - and an undeniable penchant for partying!

Forthcoming: a movie about pioneering South African heart surgeon Chris Barnard

A movie is being made about Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard. He was a pioneer in the medical field, performing the world's first heart transplant...

South Africa is the fourth-best country in the world – Conde Nast Traveler

Readers of the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine have rated South Africa as the fourth-best country to visit - ahead of traditional tourist favourites...

Square Kilometre Array book published

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) global radio telescope project – which includes a first phase site in South Africa – published a book this month on the project's progress. It features photos and analysis from some of the best science, astronomy and engineering minds in the world.

Karoo rocks explain mass extinction

A decades-long study of the rocks in South Africa's Karoo has revealed that a single cataclysmic event on land and sea led to the Permian extinction, when life on Earth nearly came to an end. It happened about 200 million years before the dinosaurs died out, and was more severe.

Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland

Two prominent South African scientists explain why the Karoo region provides not only a historical record of biological change over a period of Earth's history but also a means to test theories of evolutionary processes over long stretches of time.

Team to look at potential impact of Karoo shale gas

If shale gas is found in South Africa, it will contribute to energy security, says the science and technology minister in launching an environmental assessment of shale gas development. The study will improve the understanding of the risks and opportunities inherent in the resource.

SANParks open new chalets at Agulhas

The seven chalets at the Agulhas National Park are part of the South African government's R2,4-billion investment in national parks. At the southernmost tip of Africa, the park is in a unique landscape of pristine coastline and endangered lowland fynbos.