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Southern African Landscapes

The face of Southern Africa is a reflection of its turbulent geological past, as well as a huge range of climatic conditions. Few parts of the world contain such diverse and beautiful natural landscapes as this region where a desert stands in stark contrast to the lush eastern sea-board and the Cape mountains to the south. This diversity of habitats is one of the reasons for the extraordinary profusion of plants, insects and animals found here.


The peaks of the high 'Berg under rain clouds and the Lotheni River valley in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa


Spring daisies, Gazania lichtensteinii, flowering with tufts of perennial Short Bushman Grass, Stipagrostis obtusa, and Tall Bushman Grass, Stipagrostis ciliata, after exceptional winter rain on the gravel plains in the Tanqua Karoo with Skoorsteenberg beyond, Western Cape, South Africa


Cloud driven by a gale-force north-westerly wind over the eastern face of Cape Town's Table Mountain, Cape Peninsula, South Africa


Leucadendron microcephalum flowering in snow in winter on the Groenlandberge with the Hottentots Hollands Mountains beyond under cloud, South Africa


Sunset over the Qora River on the Wild Coast, Eastern Cape, South Africa


Late summer thunderclouds bringing rain to the Great Karoo with already extensive grass cover in Nama Karoo vegetation near Colesberg in the Great Karoo, Northern Cape, South Africa


Leucadendron laureolum flowering in fynbos below a winter rainbow in a stormy sky above the Cape of Good Hope section of the Table Mountain National Park, Cape Peninsula, South Africa


Succulent Karoo vegetation in late evening light in the northern Tanqua Karoo with clouds from an approaching cold front over the Roggeveld Escarpment, Northern Cape, South Africa


The Candelabra Flower, Brunsvigia bosmaniae, flowering in profusion in autumn amongst dry tufts of grasses below dolerite koppies on the Bokkeveld Escarpment near Nieuwoudtville, Northern Cape, South Africa


Late evening sun behind storm clouds outlining Camelthorn, Acacia erioloba, trees in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa


Early morning light illuminating a heavy deposit of droplets on grasses, the pink stemmed grass Diheteropogon filifolius, and Festuca costata after overnight soft rain in early summer in the Lotheni River valley in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa


Baobab trees, Adansonia digitata, without leaves in winter and silhouetted against the dawn along the Luvuvhu River near Pafuri in the northern Kruger National Park, Limpopo, South Africa