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BOOKS FOR SALE AT THE BUFFELSPOORT INFO CENTRE

“Wild Flowers of the Magaliesberg” by Kevin Gill and Andry Engelbrecht 

 

“The Magaliesberg” by Vincent Carruthers 


The books are available from the Buffelspoort Valley Tourism and Information Centre

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Buffelspoort Valley Info Centre

At the Info Centre, we not only offer information, maps and brochures for our beautiful valley, but also have a couple of books worthy of any coffee table or collection.

“Wild Flowers of the Magaliesberg” by Kevin Gill and Andry Engelbrecht is a new publication featuring the abundant floral treasures found in the region that stretches from Gauteng into North WestProvince.

The book is directed primarily at people wanting a straight-forward, clear introduction to the flowers found in this area. The plants are arranged in groups according to the colour of their flowers, making it easy to identify an unknown flower on the basis of its colour.

Over 500 flowers are featured and illustrated with new colour photographs. Leaf sketches are provided where appropriate. Updated scientific names and derivations, as well as English, Afrikaans and Setswana common names are also included.

Perspective and context regarding the flora of this fascinating area joining grassland to savanna are provided in chapters written by two well-known authors: “Floral Habitats in the Magaliesberg Biosphere” by Vincent Carruthers and “Fire, the Essential Rejuvenator” by Prof. Braam van Wyk. There is also information regarding the botanical pioneers in this region.

For those who wish to explore and enjoy this beautiful area, there are lists of places giving public access, as well as relevant organisations and contacts. - R250


"The Magaliesberg" by Vincent Carruthers is a reprint of the highly successful book that first published in 1990. The book is a great source of information about the Magaliesberg, including its history; from archaeological evidence thousands of years ago, to the battles fought between different groups in more recent times.

Man’s history in the Magaliesberg is fascinating, but it does not dominate the book. The extensive descriptions of the fauna and flora of the area inspires consideration for the impact we have on the environment.

There is an entire chapter on birds and a checklist of birds in the Magaliesberg makes this book essential for all Birders. Ohter chapters on trees, mammals, reptiles and amphibians also contain checklists, indicating both the Scientific as well as common names.

The Magaliesberg is almost 100 times older than Everest, and the geology of the area is described, depicting how these mountains started to take shape 2300 million years ago. 

Carruthers describes the Magaliesberg as a ‘priceless national asset’, which he hopes to preserve with the help of this book. The many full-colour and black and white photographs, as well as detailed illustrations ads value to the book, making it an appealing publication to those readers, academically inclined and amateur environmentalists or historians. - R275

 

The books are available from the Buffelspoort Valley Tourism and Information Centre

Tel: +27(0) 79 119 0789 (Only during office hours)

Fax: +27 (0) 86 236 2271

Buffelspark shopping centre, Provincial road R104, Buffelspoort District, Rustenburg, Northwest Province

GPS: S25° 45’ 27”, E27° 29’ 22”