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For other uses, see Brandvlei (disambiguation). Brandvlei_sentence_0


CountryBrandvlei_header_cell_0_1_0 South AfricaBrandvlei_cell_0_1_1
ProvinceBrandvlei_header_cell_0_2_0 Northern CapeBrandvlei_cell_0_2_1
DistrictBrandvlei_header_cell_0_3_0 NamakwaBrandvlei_cell_0_3_1
MunicipalityBrandvlei_header_cell_0_4_0 HantamBrandvlei_cell_0_4_1
EstablishedBrandvlei_header_cell_0_5_0 1862Brandvlei_cell_0_5_1
TotalBrandvlei_header_cell_0_7_0 29.25 km (11.29 sq mi)Brandvlei_cell_0_7_1
ElevationBrandvlei_header_cell_0_8_0 922 m (3,025 ft)Brandvlei_cell_0_8_1
Population (2011)Brandvlei_header_cell_0_9_0
TotalBrandvlei_header_cell_0_10_0 2,859Brandvlei_cell_0_10_1
DensityBrandvlei_header_cell_0_11_0 98/km (250/sq mi)Brandvlei_cell_0_11_1
Racial makeup (2011)Brandvlei_header_cell_0_12_0
Black AfricanBrandvlei_header_cell_0_13_0 4.3%Brandvlei_cell_0_13_1
ColouredBrandvlei_header_cell_0_14_0 89.9%Brandvlei_cell_0_14_1
Indian/AsianBrandvlei_header_cell_0_15_0 0.5%Brandvlei_cell_0_15_1
WhiteBrandvlei_header_cell_0_16_0 5.0%Brandvlei_cell_0_16_1
OtherBrandvlei_header_cell_0_17_0 0.3%Brandvlei_cell_0_17_1
First languages (2011)Brandvlei_header_cell_0_18_0
AfrikaansBrandvlei_header_cell_0_19_0 94.9%Brandvlei_cell_0_19_1
Sign languageBrandvlei_header_cell_0_20_0 2.4%Brandvlei_cell_0_20_1
XhosaBrandvlei_header_cell_0_21_0 1.3%Brandvlei_cell_0_21_1
OtherBrandvlei_header_cell_0_22_0 1.5%Brandvlei_cell_0_22_1
Time zoneBrandvlei_header_cell_0_23_0 UTC+2 (SAST)Brandvlei_cell_0_23_1
Postal code (street)Brandvlei_header_cell_0_24_0 8915Brandvlei_cell_0_24_1
PO boxBrandvlei_header_cell_0_25_0 8915Brandvlei_cell_0_25_1
Area codeBrandvlei_header_cell_0_26_0 054Brandvlei_cell_0_26_1

Brandvlei is a small town in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, South Africa. Brandvlei_sentence_1

This is where a 19th-century trekboer called Ou Brand settled. Brandvlei_sentence_2

Brand camped at this spot at the Sakrivier, a dry river bed, which only occasionally had water after good rains – and which typically result in flash floods. Brandvlei_sentence_3

The settlement was cut in two by such a flood in 1961. Brandvlei_sentence_4

After it was recovered, a municipality was formed in 1962. Brandvlei_sentence_5

This Brandvlei is located in the Bushmanland, also known as the Thirst Land, Dorsland in Afrikaans and should not be confused with the Brandvlei south of Worcester in the Western Cape. Brandvlei_sentence_6

From 1974 till 2005 it was the location of an entire Long Range Artillery Battalion of the SADF, co-located with a Helicopter Transport Squadron and a Ground Attack Jet Squadron of the SAAF Brandvlei_sentence_7

This area was once sub-tropical, such as during the Miocene period. Brandvlei_sentence_8

Many fossils have that been found in the area attest to this fact. Brandvlei_sentence_9

From 1910 the farmers used an irrigation method comparable to one used for thousands of years by the Egyptians. Brandvlei_sentence_10

The surface is very flat, and water does not run away easily. Brandvlei_sentence_11

This way the rainwater is spread over a larger area and are allowed to sink into the soil. Brandvlei_sentence_12

The moisture in the area is enough to farm with crops on a very small scale. Brandvlei_sentence_13

Farmers live on these crops once the rains have gone. Brandvlei_sentence_14

On the long run this method is not feasible, as evaporating water leaves behind salt and other minerals. Brandvlei_sentence_15

Today this method is no longer used. Brandvlei_sentence_16

This region contains very little vegetation, primarily very low shrubs and yellow grass among a rocky desert kind of landscape. Brandvlei_sentence_17

If you travel north from Brandvlei towards Kenhardt, you will pass through a huge landscape of nothingness for the next 200 km and more. Brandvlei_sentence_18

During the seasons many birds flock to the pans, when they contain water, after some rainfall. Brandvlei_sentence_19

Temperature above 40 °C is not uncommon. Brandvlei_sentence_20

Activities Brandvlei_section_0


  • BirdlifeBrandvlei_item_0_0

The salt pans are renovated into bird sanctuaries after the summer rains. Brandvlei_sentence_21


  • Dutch Reformed ChurchBrandvlei_item_1_1

Visit the old Dutch Reformed Church, in Neo-Gothic style. Brandvlei_sentence_22


  • Lekkerlê and KansBrandvlei_item_2_2

Two farms exhibiting splendid displays of San rock engravings. Brandvlei_sentence_23


In 1929, Sir Malcolm Campbell unsuccessfully attempted to break the world land-speed record here by travelling over 300 mph in his Napier-Campbell Blue Bird. Brandvlei_sentence_24


In 1993 the record set for greatest gain in height was set in Brandvlei (4526m). Brandvlei_sentence_25

The Karoo area is very thermic and has claimed multiple paragliding world records over the years. Brandvlei_sentence_26

See also Brandvlei_section_1


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