Trip To South Africa 2006
Trip To South Africa 2006
Africa    [September 06]   [Route]
Alexander Bay is named after Sir James Alexander, who began large scale copper mining in 1836.
Southeast of Alexander Bay is a lichen field containing 30 species of green and orange lichen. There are plans to declare this field a National Monument.
Alexander Bay is presently changing into a living museum. This concept extends the traditional exhibit type of museum to include other activities focusing on biodiversity and cultural experiences.
In 1927 the geologist Hans Merensky discovered diamonds at Alexander Bay. The goverment formed a company, Alexkor Limited, that still does the mining in the area. More recently Alexkor has diversified into tourism.

Lithops

A lichen field at Alexander Bay