Gallery: South African landscapes

Vineyards leading to the sea, flat and rocky desert plains, the jagged points of the Drakensberg Mountains, their softer green foothills, regimented plantations of pine – South Africa’s landscapes are diverse, but all beautiful.

A young man watches over cattle grazing the fields outside Qunu, Nelson Mandela’s home village, in the Eastern Cape province. Photo: Rodger Bosch

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The roads of the Northern Cape province stretch out as far as the eye can see. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

A field of sunflowers in the farmlands of western Free State province. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

A summer thunderstorms brews over the Maluti Mountains in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

Electricity pylons march across croplands in the Free State. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff

 

Rows of pine trees in a Sappi plantation in Mpumalanga province. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

A ruin of an old car at the foot of the Koranna Mountains in the eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

The South African Astronomical Observatory outside the town of Sutherland in the remote Northern Cape is home to the Southern African Large Telescope, the largest single optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

Vineyards in the Durbanville Valley wine-making region, with Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

 

Statue of a Dorper sheep on a farm in the Northern Cape. Dorpers, which are mutton sheep, are extremely hardy and able to thrive in the arid region. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

The foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains in KwaZulu-Natal province, viewed from the top of the escarpment, near the Lesotho border. Photo: Mary Alexander

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Sunset in the Karoo, Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme Williams

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Clouds reflected in a reservoir filled by a wind pump on a sheep farm in eastern Free State. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

The Outeniqua Mountains in the Western Cape province. Photo: Rodger Bosch

 

Karoo road, Free State.

 

Karoo road, Northern Cape. Photo: Graeme Williams

 

The Kwena Dam near the town of Lydenburg in Mpumalanga province. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff

 

Fynbos vegetation in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in the Franschhoek region of the Western Cape.

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Vineyards and mountains in the Franschhoek region of the Western Cape. Photo: Mary Alexander

 

Drakensberg Mountain peaks at the top of the escarpment in KwaZulu-Natal, near the Lesotho border. Photo: Mary Alexander

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