NASA picture of the Wolkberg
|Elevation||2,126 m (6,975 ft)|
|Listing||List of mountain ranges of South Africa|
|Length||30 km (19 mi) NW/SE|
|Width||10 km (6.2 mi) NE/SW|
|Age of rock||Neoarchean to early Paleoproterozoic|
|Type of rock||Bushveld igneous complex, sandstone|
The Wolkberg is a mountain range in Limpopo Province, South Africa. It constitutes a northern subrange of the Drakensberg system. The range extends for about 30 km (19 mi) in a NW/SE direction north of Sekhukhuneland. The nearest towns are Haenertsburg and Tzaneen.
The range forms a high plateau reaching up to 2126 m in height at the Ysterkroon, its highest point. Other conspicuous peaks are 2050 m high Serala, 1838 m high Mamotswiri, 1667 m high Magopalone and 1611 m high Selemole.
Weather can change very fast from clear skies to becoming misty, with the highest reaches enveloped in clouds. Hence the name of the range, meaning "Cloud Mountain" in Afrikaans. The Wolkberg is rugged, with rocky shoulders and deep humid gorges. There are rare plant and animal species in these areas. Species such as the Wolkberg Zulu (Alaena margaritacea), the Wolkberg aloe (Aloe dolomitica), Wolkberg cycad (Encephalartos dolomiticus), the Wolkberg widow (Dingana clara) and the Wolkberg sandman (Spialia secessus), have been named after these mountains. Some species like the critically endangered butterfly Lotana blue (Lepidochrysops lotana) are only known from the Wolkberg area.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wolkberg.|
- Google Earth Map of the Wolkberg
- Wolkberg Wilderness — near Polokwane, Limpopo Province.
- Limpopo Tourism and Parks Board: page on Wolkberg
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