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The Bushveld
is a sub-tropical woodland ecoregion of Southern Africa named after the term veld. It encompasses most of Limpopo Province
Limpopo Province
and a small part of the North West Province of South Africa, the Central and North-East Districts of Botswana
and the Matabeleland South and part of the Matabeleland North provinces of Zimbabwe. Kruger National Park in South Africa
South Africa
has a number of 'Bushveld' camps.[1]


1 Geography 2 Flora and fauna 3 Geology 4 Farming 5 Towns and cities 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Geography[edit] The elevation of this region varies from 750 to 1,400 m and the annual rainfall from 350 mm in the west to 600 mm in parts of the northeast. There are four significant mountain ranges in this region:the Magaliesberg
which runs from Rustenburg
in the west to Bronkhorstspruit
in the east and forms the southern border of the Bushveld; the Drakensberg
escarpment that forms the eastern border of the Bushveld
and runs from Tzaneen
in the north to Belfast in the south; the Waterberg range that is in the middle of the Bushveld
and the Soutpansberg
range just north of Louis Trichardt. The latter is the northernmost mountain range in South Africa. Flora and fauna[edit] As implied by the region's name, the Bushveld's well-grassed plains are dotted by dense clusters of trees and tall shrubs. The grasses found here are generally tall and turn brown or pale in winter, which is the dry season throughout most of Southern Africa. The undisturbed portions of this habitat, such as much of the Waterberg Biosphere, are home to many large mammal species including white rhino, black rhino, giraffe, blue wildebeest, kudu, impala and a variety of further antelope species and other game. Geology[edit] The Bushveld
is one of the most mineral-rich regions of the world. This is due to the Bushveld
igneous complex, an extremely rich saucer-shaped geological formation that stretches over more than 50,000 square kilometers. This formation contains most of the world's reserves of minerals such as andalusite, chromium, fluorspar, platinum and vanadium. The complex includes the Merensky Reef, which is the world's biggest source of platinum as well as platinum-group metals. Farming[edit] As most of the region tends to be dry, the Bushveld
is mostly beef cattle and game farming country, with only a few drought-resistant crops such as sorghum and millet being farmed, usually under irrigation. Towns and cities[edit] Towns and cities in the region include:

Bela Bela
Bela Bela
(formerly Warmbaths) Brits De Wildt Haenertsburg Hammanskraal Lephalale
(formerly Ellisras) Louis Trichardt Mara Modimolle
(formerly Nylstroom) Mokopane
(formerly Potgietersrus) Mookgophong
(formerly Naboomspruit) Musina
(formerly Messina) Northam Phalaborwa Pienaarsrivier Polokwane
(formerly Pietersburg) Roedtan Selebi-Phikwe Sun City Thabazimbi Vaalwater Vivo Zion City Moria Rustenburg

See also[edit]

Geography of South Africa Hlane Royal National Park Jock of the Bushveld


^ " Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Camping". Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park
Camping. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 

External links[edit]

" Southern Africa
Southern Africa
bushveld". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. 

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