​The Red Stones of the Klein Karoo

Every now and then I listen to people talk about interesting things in the area and my curiosity level goes from 0 to flatlining in under 20 sec. If there is anything that intrigues me, it is how things work, where do they come from and why are they here? I can not, for the life of me, just simply except things…

I travelled to the town of Calitzdorp on “Route62” ,looking for the infamous bloom of wild flowers, when I joined the company of friends in town, this is when the conservation came up.

“Have you ever seen the Redstone Hills?” 

“What Redstones Hills?”  Was the reply

“The natural formed arches in this display of rock formations “

Well I always knew the Karoo and Klein Karoo had a fascinating geological system, but what I was about to discover left me in awe..

“Accommodation nesteld between the Red Stone Hills “

I know……I get excited about rocks and landscapes! But for me there is nothing more rewarding than staring over a terrain and even try and conceptualise how it come into existence, what forces of nature were used to edge out every curve, formation and angle to create the vast beauty it brings us today, and even better still, what will it look like in another million years?  

These “Enon Conglomerates”, as they are known, were deposited by high energy, fast flowing rivers, and are found between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn, where they form the strikingly red “Redstone Hills” The Little Karoo contains two geological features that give the landscape a special character. This one was formed during the erosion of the African interior following the bulging of the continent during the massive lava outpourings that ended the Karoo sedimentation 180 million years ago, some of the eroded material was trapped in the valleys of the Cape Fold Mountains, especially during the Cretaceous period, about 145 ± 4 to 66 million years ago.

If the information overload is to much, I recommend hopping in your car and roadtriping to the Klein Karoo. 

Once you reach Oudtshoorn, turn onto the R62 and look out for the Kruisfontien road to right, it will only take a short drive before it all unfolds before your eyes…

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Red Stone Hills Video