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The Western Cape has a rich cultural heritage. The influence of the Dutch, French and English can still be seen in many historical buildings and farm and other place names.

Add to this, the heritage of the indigenous people who lived here thousands of years before the European settlers had arrived, the slaves, who arrived shortly after Jan van Riebeeck had landed and the fight for freedom and democracy.

  • Footsteps to freedom
  • A taste of the Bo-Kaap
  • Township experience
  • Mission to a mission station
  • Historical Cape Town
  • The French and the Dutch pioneers
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Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
The Succulent Karoo is one of 25 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots, and the only arid hotspot in the world. Succulent Karoo has the highest number of plant species of any semi-arid area, many of which are rare and endangered, and has the richest succulent flora in the world.

Semi-desert climatic conditions prevail, with less than 250mm of rainfall per year that falls predominantly in winter. Vegetation is sparse, dominated by dwarf scrubs of which most have succulent leaves. The most common of its succulent, or fleshy leaved plants are mesembs (Mesembryanthemaceae), commonly known as 'vygies'.

There are more than 2 000 different species of mesembs in South Africa, of which many occur in the Western Cape. Other succulent families include the Aloes, Haworthias, Crassulas, Euphorbias and Stapeliads. The Succulent Karoo is also very rich in geophytes, with spectacular displays in spring.