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Natural Wonders of South Africa 7 – The Little Karoo

A 3D drape of SPOT6/7 mosaic imagery, acquired 2016 showing an oblique view of the Little Karoo. Oudtshoorn, the "ostrich capital of the world" can be seen in the distance, nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg mountains.

The Little Karoo lies sandwiched between two huge ranges of folded mountains that run west to east across the Western Cape. Nestled in the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn is the Cango fault and world famous, Cango Caves. The caves were created by the same process which hollowed out the Sterkfontein cave system in Gauteng and possess some of the most extensive and beautiful dripstone collections in the world.

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Produced at SANSA Earth Observation. SPOT6: Copyright © 2013 Airbus DS. All rights reserved. SPOT6: Copyright © 2014 Airbus DS. All rights reserved.

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