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Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa

  • Stefan Grab
  • Jasper Knight
  • Features some of the most stunning landscapes portrayed through ca. 90 colour photographs

  • Provides a quick guide showing the localities of South Africa's best geomorphological sites worth visiting

  • Unique compendium that book will appeal to both academics and geo-tourists

  • Contains a special chapter on the significance of south African geomorphology in conservation, geo-heritage and geo-tourism


Part of the World Geomorphological Landscapes book series (WGLC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Stefan Grab, Jasper Knight
    Pages 1-9
  3. Roger L. Gibson, W. Uwe Reimold
    Pages 31-38
  4. R. Grant Cawthorn, Jasper Knight, Terence S. McCarthy
    Pages 39-46
  5. Jasper Knight, Stefan Grab
    Pages 47-55
  6. Jasper Knight, Stefan Grab
    Pages 57-63
  7. Lynne J. Quick, Frank D. Eckardt
    Pages 85-93
  8. Michael E. Meadows, John S. Compton
    Pages 95-102
  9. Michael E. Meadows
    Pages 103-109
  10. David G. Passmore, Jasper Knight, Stephan Harrison
    Pages 155-164
  11. Jasper Knight, Stefan Grab, Amanda B. Esterhuysen
    Pages 165-173

About this book


This book presents a beautifully illustrated overview of the most prominent landscapes of South Africa and the distinctive landforms associated with them. It describes the processes, origins and the environmental significance of those landscapes, including their relationships to human activity of the past and present. The sites described in this book include, amongst others, the Blyde River Canyon, Augrabies Falls, Kruger National Park, Kalahari desert landscapes, the Great Escarpment, Sterkfontein caves and karst system, Table Mountain, Cape winelands, coastal dunes, rocky coasts, Boer War battlefield sites, and Vredefort impact structure. 

Landscapes and Landforms of South Africa provides a new perspective on South Africa’s scenic landscapes by considering their diversity, long and short term histories, and importance for geoconservation and geotourism. This book will be relevant to those interested in the geology, physical geography and history of South Africa, climate change and landscape tourism.


Geo-tourism South Africa Geoheritage Geomorphology South African Landforms South African Landscapes Top Sites South Africa

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefan Grab
    • 1
  • Jasper Knight
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental StudiesUniversity of WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.School of Geography, Archaeology and EnvUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

About the editors

The author is an Associate Professor in Physical Geography at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies of the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg in 1998. Dr. Grab is a member of the South African Society for Quaternary Research, of the South African Society for Quaternary Research and of the Southern African Geographical Society. He works as a book review editor for The South African Geographical Journal.

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“The book provides excellent summaries of classic regions all around South Africa and is lavishly illustrated throughout with excellent full-color maps and images. … Summing Up: Recommended. All academic and professional library collections.” (B. M. Simonson, Choice, Vol. 53 (6), February, 2016)