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The Southern Tip of Africa, S. Wolfart : book review

Volume 53, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0018-229X
  • Author Neil Overy
  • Source : Historia, Volume 53, Issue 1, May 2008, p. 257 - 259
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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    The International Bibliography of Social Sciences (IBSS)



Refreshingly, this book does not focus on the Cape Peninsula, so often the subject of such coffee-table publications, but rather delves into the Agulhas Plain, an area which stretches from the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the east, to Hermanus in the west. The area, famous for its early human history, coastal diversity, and wetlands, boasts no less than 2 500 plant species, 300 of which are endemic to the area, as well as numerous rare species of bird and amphibious life. The author, Stephan Wolfart, now a professional photographer, but once an industrial designer, unsurprisingly provides all the photographs within the book, and contributes much of the text.

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