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Far Horizons - The Great Karoo

Early one crisp evening I stroll alone from the patio of my cottage in South Africa's heartland of the Great Karoo into the surrounding scrubby bush. Purple mountains ring the horizon and fluffy clouds scud across the lavender arch of the sky. The air is pure and sweet.

A loud hiss stops me in my tracks. A large, beady-eyed tortoise is telling me to get out of the way. I know it's a leopard tortoise because of its attractive spotted back. I've read they can live up to 75 years. They are found throughout our African savannas, from Sudan to the southern Cape. What I didn't know is that they hiss loudly and can look quite intimidating – especially when they meet a stranger. I take a step back. Do tortoises bite? It gives me another glare before lumbering on its way.

The shadows lengthen; the mountains etched against a reddening sky. The cats sit up, groom themselves, stretch, drink from a nearby puddle and begin to amble off when the mother spies a steenbok in the distance.

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Kate Turkington is one of South Africa’s best-known broadcasters, travellers and travel writers.

Her weekly Sunday night three-hour live Talk Radio 702 / CapeTalk talkshow, Believe It Or Not, which came to an end in early 2013 was South Africa’s longest-running radio talkshow with the same host in the same time slot. She continues to broadcast as a regular guest on travel shows where she talks about the when, where, why, what and how of travel both locally and internationally from her vast personal experience. She also blogs for several travel websites.

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