Cameron & Rhoda McMaster's

Landscape, Habitat and Flora Galleries

Plants seen on a typical tour in early February
Aurora Peak, Maclear, 7th February 2008.

Aurora Peak (1)     Aurora Peak (2)     Aurora Peak (3)     Map

Aurora Peak is part of the southern Drakensberg range in the Maclear district of the North Eastern Cape. Situated between 2000 and 2500m altitude, the
region enjoys a high summer rainfall and  very cold winters with snow and frost. The vegetation is montane grassland with a high diversity of orchids, geophytes and other forbs. The area is only accessible to 4-wheel drive
vehicles and can only be visited in the company of local guide Adele Moore. There are numerous spectacular San Hunter-Gatherer Rock Art sites in the
vicinity to which Adele can take visitors.


Alepidea amatymbica

Brownleea recurvata

Cyrtanthus epiphyticus

Disa cooperi     close-up

Disa crassicornis     flower close-up     plants

Disa nivea     flower close-up

Disperis cardiophora

Disperis concinna

Disperis cooperi

Disperis tysonii

Erica cooperi

Gladiolus inandensis

Habenaria dives

Habenaria tysonii     flower close-up

Hebenstretia dura

Holothrix thodei

Huttonaea grandiflora

Kniphofia linearifolia     habitat

Satyrium cristatum

Satyrium neglectum     flower close-up

Satyrium sphaerocarpus (white form)

Schizochilus flexuosus

Schizoglossum hamatum

Tritonia drakensbergensis

Watsonia gladioloides

Zaluzianskya microsiphon

For further information about the tours we offer contact Cameron McMaster.