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When one travels through Southern Africa, the itinerary often involves four principle areas of interest, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, and either Zambia or Zimbabwe, in order to see Victoria Falls. Images of Namibia and Botswana are in the preceding two galleries, and images from Lesotho and Zambia are in the succeeding two galleries.

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Western Cape area, south of Cape Town, encompasses South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region (also called “Cape Floral Kingdom”), a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Cape Floral Kingdom is the smallest of the six Floral Kingdoms in the world, and it is the only one that is contained entirely within the borders of one country. Although it is, by far, the smallest of the Floral Kingdoms, it is biologically the most diverse, containing more than 9000 species, most of which are endemic. Sadly, over 2400 of these floral species are threatened and another 300 are critically endangered. The world-renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town is an extraordinary tour de force, one of the very best in the world, and displays an astonishing number of these wonderful plants. It is part of the Cape Floristic Region UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Cape of Good Hope area 5612

Cape of Good Hope area 5612

Cape of Good Hope area 5625

Cape of Good Hope area 5625

Cape of Good Hope area 5615

Cape of Good Hope area 5615

Cape of Good Hope area 5628

Cape of Good Hope area 5628

Cape of Good Hope, Kniphofias in foreground 5622

Cape of Good Hope, Kniphofias in foreground 5622

Protea, Western Cape 5587

Protea, Western Cape 5587

Protea, Western Cape 5594

Protea, Western Cape 5594

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 5592

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 5592

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0063

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0063

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0060

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0060

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0054

Pincushion Protea, Western Cape 0054

Kniphofias, Western Cape 5596

Kniphofias, Western Cape 5596

Magallenic Penguin, Western Cape 5646

Magallenic Penguin, Western Cape 5646