Dr John Rogers, geologist and author, David Reid, geologist, Dr Sharad Master, Wits University, Nick Norman consulting geologist and author

This five-lecture course begins by drawing attention to geological superlatives in the Western Cape, particularly those in the Cape Peninsula. The second lecture tackles the theme of river capture to reveal the dynamic nature of landscape evolution. The third and fourth lectures take participants to the semi-desert region of the Richtersveld in the Northern Cape, south of the Lower Orange River, a paradise for outdoors enthusiasts. Finally, horizons will be stretched to cover less-travelled territory in a lecture on the geoheritage of the Sahara Desert and the Sahel.



1. Geological adventures in the fairest Cape 

2. River capture in shaping our landscape

3. Geological journeys of discovery

4. The Richtersveld: our desiccated edge of Africa

5. Geoheritage of the Sahara Desert and the Sahel


Recommended reading

Anhaeusser, C.R., Viljoen, M.J. and Viljoen, R.P. (eds). 2016. Africa’s Top Geological Sites. Cape Town: Struik Nature.

Minnaar, H., Botha, P.M.W. and Roberts, D.  2011. The Geology of the Alexander Bay Area: Geological Map Sheet 2816 Bay (1:250 000). Pretoria: Council for Geoscience.

Norman, N.  and Whitfield, G. 2006. Geological Journeys: A Traveller’s Guide to South Africa’s Rocks and Landforms. Cape Town: Struik.

Rogers, J.  2018. Geological Adventures in the Fairest Cape: Unlocking the Secrets of its Scenery. Pretoria: Council for Geoscience.



Date: 21 – 25 January 
Time: 3.00 pm
COURSE FEES Full: R550,00  Staff and Students R275,00
Venue: LT3 Kramer Law Building UCT