Windmill in the Karoo

Windmill in the Karoo

Windmill in the Karoo

When we think of the Karoo, we think of lamb chops, donkeys, dirt roads and craggy mountains. Off course the scene would not be complete without a rusty windmill creaking in the distance. These men made “temples of survival” were historically used to draw water from deep within underground aquifers, a necessity for farming in this arid area. Increasing these windmills are being replaced by solar pumps with water being stored in water-tight plastic containers. Although this is far more efficient and cost effective in the long run, the down side is that old reservoir once provided a spillage point for animals like Leopard Tortoise as well as other mammals, birds and invertebrates. The old windmills also provide a scaffold for nesting raptures like Jackal Buzzards

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