The Amatole are a range of densely forested mountains. The word means ‘calves’ in Xhosa. The Amatola Mountains form part of the southern portion of the Great Escarpment. The slopes of this escarpment are known for their abundant Yellowwood, White Stinkwood and Cape Chestnut forests. The mountains are capped with flower-rich grassland. The mountains are famous for their scenic beauty with lush forests, ravines, waterfalls and panoramic views. These mountains were originally home to the Khoisan hunter gatherers, which were later displaced by the Nguni herders. Many of the current settlements in the Amatole region began life as military outposts.
The area in this listing extends from the Amatole mountain southwards to the Indian ocean. This section of coastline stretches from the town of East London in the south to the town of Port St Johns in the north. Many rivers empty into the sea along the coastline. In the southern-most parts of the region, where the hills are lower, the rivers tend to be mature and are characterized by wide floodplains. But in the rugged north, where young rivers find their path to the sea blocked by massive cliffs, many leap over the rocky crags into the surf below. There are many small sandy bays and long stretches of open beaches near the mouths of large rivers.
The average daily temperatures within this region vary from 17 °C to 28 °C in January and 9 °C to 21 °C in July.
Some of the towns located in this area include East London, Alice, Stutterheim Indoga, Nahoon, Coffee Bay and Mthatha.
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