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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.
Although large mammals, like rhinoceros, lion, elephant, buffalo and hippopotamus occurred in the Western Cape in the 17th and 18th century, these unfortunately had to make way for civilisation. A number of reserves in the Western Cape have reintroduced these animals. However, when in Fynbos one should 'think small'.

The small-leaved, low-growing vegetation with very few trees is not very nutritious for large grazing animals, and one would rather find small browsers. The animal life has been adapted to the harsh conditions of long, dry and hot summers, cold and wet winters, unpalatable plants and frequent fires.

Bontebok is the rarest antelope species in South Africa, and endemic to the Western Cape. Other animals include Grysbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck, Cape Mountain Zebra, Leopard, Chacma Baboon, Cape Clawless Otter, Rock Hyrax, Porcupine, and a number of mongoose species.