Seven hours in a bus is only fun if there’s a swimming pool, a lekker braai and a couple of amazing shows at the other end. Thankfully this is what nine pupils from St Andrew’s College and DSG experienced during their recent five-day trip into the Little Karoo for the 25th birthday of the annual Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees.

A wide variety of genres were explored every day: anything from Uitkampteater (theatre shorts of 20 minutes each) to musical and physical theatre, comedy and high drama, choral singing, challenging art and thought provoking installations where you could write your message to South Africa on a bathroom wall.

However, it was the voice of Karen Zoid and Jan Bloukaas, the fireside chats, moonlit Karoo nights and the friendships made that will become the refrain of the memories made during this adventure into Afrikaans culture and art. Not to mention the boontjiebredie, roosterkoek and koeksisters, of course!

Many thanks to Mr Alton Jacobs who ensured safe travels, Ms Monica Strydom and Mrs Natasja Eksteen for their great team spirit and of course everyone back home who picked up the slack.

Tot volgende jaar!