Imagine having your own island and currency. Your own language, even a font all your own. A passport issued by yourself, to yourself, which hoodwinks you through passport controls elsewhere in the world while you smile wryly beneath your flowing silver locks. A cloak of many colours to envelop you. A palette of many hues in your hand, and a brush poised. Welcome to the wonderful world of Walter Battiss.

When plotting a route through the Eastern Cape Karoo, or travelling between Gqeberha and parts further north on the N10 that links Johannesburg with the coast, or making a detour from Addo, build a foray to Somerset East into your plans. It’s only 24 km off the N10, less than half an hour, and compelling worlds await you there.

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