RICHTERSVELD CUL­TURAL AND BOTAN­I­CAL LAND­SCAPE

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This moun­tain­ous desert re­gion in the North­ern Cape, home to the Nama peo­ple for 2 000 years, has a rich, di­verse botan­i­cal land­scape that’s been shaped by the sea­sonal graz­ing of the Na­mas’ live­stock.

These feed­ing pat­terns helped sus­tain the bio­di­ver­sity of the area in a mil­len­nia-long process “which [has] en­sured the pro­tec­tion of the suc­cu­lent Ka­roo veg­e­ta­tion and demon­strates a har­mo­nious in­ter­ac­tion be­tween peo­ple and na­ture”, said Unesco in 2007 when the area be­came a World Her­itage Site.

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