DESERT LAND­ING

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WHERE: RICHTERSVELD CUL­TURAL AND BOTAN­I­CAL LAND­SCAPE, NORTH­ERN CAPE

Truly re­mark­able: The an­cient home of our coun­try’s semi-no­madic, pas­toral Nama peo­ple (who still live in the re­gion), this is dra­matic coun­try. Think spec­tac­u­lar moun­tain­ous desertscapes, some­times dot­ted with the trans­portable rush-mat houses the Nama con­tinue to use to­day. Be sure not to miss Won­der­gat (“Won­der Hole”) neat Cor­nell­skop. A lime­stone sink­hole, it’s revered in the mythol­ogy of the lo­cal in­hab­i­tants, which holds that cen­turies ago, men went down the hole and came out on the banks of the Orange River many kilo­me­tres away. Claimed to be 20m deep, it’s also said to be in­hab­ited by a basilisk (a dragon-like mon­ster which can kill with a glance of its mes­meris­ing eyes). Visit: https://whc.unesco.org/en

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