Western Cape - Karoo Area
The Karoo is a semi-desert, natural region of South Africa. It is sharply divided into the Great Karoo and the Little Karoo by the Swartberg Mountain Range, which runs east-west, parallel to the southern coastline, but is separated from the sea by another east-west range called the Outeniqua–Langeberg Mountains. Early adventurers, explorers, hunters, and travellers on the way to the Highveld unanimously denounced it as a frightening place of great heat, great frosts, great floods, and great droughts. Underground water is however found throughout the Karoo, which can be tapped by boreholes, making permanent settlements and sheep farming possible.