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South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province Along Indian Ocean – April 10th, 2010

33.9S 25.5E

April 10th, 2010 Category: Image of the day

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

South Africa - March 5th, 2010

The shoreline here belongs to South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, with the city of Port Elizabeth located on the land protuding outward between two bays. The coast, along the Indian Ocean, is generally rugged with interspersed beaches.

The province becomes progressively wetter from west to east. The west is mostly semi-arid Karoo, except in the far south, which is temperate rainforest in the Tsitsikamma region.

Most of the province is hilly to very mountainous between Graaff-Reinet and Rhodes including the Sneeuberge (Snow Mountains), Stormberge, Winterberge and Drakensberg (Dragon Mountains). The highest point in the province is Ben Macdhui at 3001m.

The east from East London towards the Kwa-Zulu Natal border is lush grassland with intermittent forest. This region, Transkei, is rolling hills punctuated by deep gorges.

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