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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE FARM

Environment in which the farm is situated

Rekopane is situated in the Northern Cape in the Gordonia district, North of the Orange River, approximately 25km from Upington and 15km from Keimoes. Bloemsmond forms the Southern border and McTaggarts Camp the Northern border, with the Kalahari on the Western side and Kanoneiland on the Eastern side.

Climate

Rekopane falls under the "Great and Upper Karoo" Climatic region. This region is characterized by a dry (less than 100mm in the north-west - 300mm in the east), extreme climate with high temperatures during summer but very cold in the winter. Autumn rainfall, peaking in March, tends to be very unpredictable and occurs in patches.

This tends to be in the form of isolated thunderstorms but rainfall of a cyclonic nature can also occur in the south-west. During summer winds from the south-west are more prevalent compared to winter when winds from the north tend to dominate.

 
Southern Cape Forest 19. Western Karoo 20. West Coast 21. North-Western Desert 16. Great and Upper Karoo 18. Little Karoo 23. South-Western Cape 24.Southern Cape 8. Kalahari Bushland 9. Kalahari Hardveld Bushveld 17. Eastern Karoo 10. Dry Hardveld Grassland 2. Central Bushveld 1. Northern Arid Bushveld 4. South-Estern Thornveld 13. South-Eastern Coast Grassland 12. Eastern  Grassland 11. MoistHighveld Grassland 14. Eastern mountain Grassland 15. Alpine Heartland 7. KwaZulu-Natal Central Bushveld 6. Eastern Coastel Bushland 5. Lowveld mountain Bushveld 3. Lowveld Bushveld

Rainfall

This semi-arid region has an average rainfall of 223mm in the south-west and 250mm in the north. The unreliable and irregular rains fall mostly during inspiring thunderstorms, often accompanied by strong winds and dust-storms, between November and April.

Temperature

Temperatures vary greatly from -11.3 degrees Celcius on cold winter nights, to 42 degrees Celcius in the shade on summer days when the ground-surface temperature reaches a sizzling 70 degrees Celcius. During the winter months, when frost is common, the ground-surface temperatures can be 25 degrees Celcius lower than the temperature of the air. Winter is a cool dry season from May to August, which is followed by a warm dry season from September to October and then a hot wet season from November to April.

 
     
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