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The Launch of the Karoo Highlands Route, Saturday 2nd of October 2010

Open Africa is a non governmental organization that promotes tourism in Southern African countries and has helped to develop more than 50 tourism routes in co-operation with local governments and representatives of tourism committees of the towns on the routes.   On their website http://www.openafrica.org every organization, person or business involved in tourism, can advertise for free.   Have a look at our own route, the "Karoo Highlands Route" on their website and if you are involved in tourism in any way, make sure that your details get onto their site.

On Saturday the 2nd of October 2010 the route was officially launched in the big hall at the Carnarvon showgrounds and the section on their website advertising the Karoo Highlands Route was introduced to the public and participants.  Most of the towns on the route had an exhibition to advertise the tourism potential and  tourism activities in their towns.   Carnarvons exhibition was done by Marie Jacobs.   A potjiekos competition was organized between the different towns and the Carnarvon potjie cooked by Marie and Pieter won, with the potjie from Sutherland in the second place.  Enjoy the photos below.

Marie Jacobs and a representitive from Calvinia

Representatives from different towns on the route

Enjoying the snacks

The Carnarvon exhibition showing our activities and potential for tourism

Maybe the way to a woman's heart is also through the gastronomic experience?

The two winning cooks, Pieter and Marie

Hard at work

Pieter showing journalists what a winning pot looks like

The cooks waiting for the judges

Thiophi from Open Africa tending his pot