Kouebokkeveld Mountains

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Koue Bokkeveld Mountains
Stack of split sandstone below Cedarberg sandstone cliff.jpg
The Cedarberg sandstone that makes up the Koue Bokkeveld has intriguing patterns of erosion and cracking. Here a bus-sized block split naturally into regular brick-like right parallelepipeds.
Highest point
Elevation1,690 m (5,540 ft)
ListingList of mountain ranges of South Africa
Coordinates32°12′0″S 19°25′0″E / 32.20000°S 19.41667°E / -32.20000; 19.41667Coordinates: 32°12′0″S 19°25′0″E / 32.20000°S 19.41667°E / -32.20000; 19.41667
Length30 km (19 mi) WNW/ESE
Width8 km (5.0 mi) ENE/WSW
Koue Bokkeveld Mountains is located in South Africa
Koue Bokkeveld Mountains
Koue Bokkeveld Mountains
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
Parent rangeWestern Cape System
OrogenyCape Fold Belt
Age of rockPaleoproterozoic
Type of rockSandstone
Easiest routeFrom Prince Alfred Hamlet

The Koue Bokkeveld, meaning "Cold Buck Shrubland" in Afrikaans, is a mountain range in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Geologically the range is composed of Cedarberg Sandstone of the Cape System.

Location and extent[edit]

It is located above Prince Alfred Hamlet, north of Ceres, and south and east of Citrusdal. The range runs in a WNW-ESE direction with a tall escarpment on its southern and southwestern side. Elevations of the range are an average of 1,600 m and there is often snow in winter. These heights are one of the coldest places in the Western Cape in winter.[1]


The Koue Bokkeveld falls within the Olifants/Doring system and the Doring River has its sources in this range, contributing substantially to the flow of the Olifants catchment area.


The flora of the Koue Bokkeveld is similar to the Cedarberg flora, with mountain fynbos at high altitudes, Karoo vegetation on the lower slopes and patches of Mountain cypress. Plants such as the Oil bract conebush, a species of Leucadendron, may be found.[2]


There are ancient San rock paintings at a place called Katbakkies.[3] A meteorite crashed on the Koue Bokkeveld in 1838. It is known as the Koue Bokkeveld or CM2 meteorite.[4] Its fragments were dispersed and now most of them have been lost.[5]

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