Naude's Nek is one of the premier wild flower viewing sites in the Southern Drakensberg. The dirt road between Maclear and Rhodes in the Eastern Cape crests the high mountain range at an altitude of 2500 m. The name of this pass is based on the route taken by the Naude brothers in the 1890s. It is the highest road pass in the Republic of South Africa, giving access to the extremely rich alpine flora that occurs on this range. The western slope is drier with scrubbier vegetation than the eastern slope. Naude's Nek is also a very good birding spot. Photos on the Naude's Nek pages were mostly taken January 18-19, 2010, when a number of friends botanized along the road and on the summit. Additional photos from other times were provided by Cameron McMaster.
To view the pictures of the plants found in this region select the plant by name from the table or look at the plants arranged alphabetically on the pages listed below.
Information about the specific plant can be found by clicking on the name in the table. That will take you to the wiki page that has information and photos of that species. By holding the shift or control key down and clicking on the thumbnail that image in the table can be enlarged and then if you hold your mouse over the top left or right side of the photo an arrow will appear that will allow you to view the photos in the table in sequence.
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