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Wildcliff Nature Reserve

Dedicated to plant and wildlife conservation in South Africa's Cape Floral Kingdom


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Wildcliff Climate

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Mean Annual Rainfall (mm)

The south-western corner of South Africa, which includes Wildcliff, has a Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and hot, dry summers. Its most famous climatic characteristic is its wind, which blows intermittently virtually all year round, either from the south-east or the north-west. Wildcliff is located in an area that receives medium to low amounts of rainfall, but is on the edge of areas of higher precipitaion as land elevation increases from the coastal lowlands.

mean annual rainfall map


Where not otherwise specified, the data used in the maps came from three major sources:

  • Digital Chart of the World (DCW). This dataset consists of general background layers (roads, towns, streams) that represent feature locations accurate to a approximately 2 kilometers. The DCW was developed by ESRI for the US government in 1992.
  • South African Agriculture GIS (AGIS). The South Africa National Department of Agriculture provides a number of valuable spatial datasets through this distribution network. At a scale of 1:500,000, this is the best resolution spatial data that is readily available about the environment.
  • Chief Directorate: Surveys and Mapping. This agency is part of the South Africa Department of Land Affairs the highest resolution data that is available at the national level. The 1:50,000 scale layers represent the location of natural and man-made features, including 20 meter contours.

Detailed Maps and the Dynamic Map Gallery were produced by Horizon Mapping.



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Wildcliff is a registered

Cape Nature Conservation

Conservation Area


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