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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Brandvlei

Dutch Reformed Church, Brandvlei

Dutch Reformed Church, Brandvlei

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

Brandvlei gets its name from the original Boer inhabitant, known as "Ou Brand", who settled in the area sometime during the 19th century. It only formally became a municipality as recently as 1962.

The nearby salt pans offer great bird-watching opportunities after some rain.

In 1929 Sir Malcolm Campbell tried unsuccessfully to break the land-speed record in Blue Bird. He reached an average speed of 212 mph.

Historical Wagon

Above - Wagon on display in Brandvlei (see below)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Historical Wagon plaque

Above - Information for the wagon shown above

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Country Life - Issue 212 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 44

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 89

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 339

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 301

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 159

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