Three Sisters (Northern Cape)

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Three Sisters

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The Three Sisters (with other mountains in the background)
Highest point
Elevation 1,492 m (4,895 ft)
Coordinates 31°53′41″S23°8′46″E / 31.89472°S 23.14611°E / -31.89472; 23.14611 Coordinates: 31°53′41″S23°8′46″E / 31.89472°S 23.14611°E / -31.89472; 23.14611
Location Ubuntu Local Municipality, Northern Cape, South Africa
Topo map 3123CC

The Three Sisters are a land formation near Victoria West, Northern Cape, South Africa, comprising three distinctively shaped hills. The farm on which they are situated and the nearby railway siding are also named Three Sisters.

Victoria West Place in Northern Cape, South Africa

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Northern Cape Province of South Africa

The Northern Cape is the largest and most sparsely populated province of South Africa. It was created in 1994 when the Cape Province was split up. Its capital is Kimberley. It includes the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, an international park shared with Botswana. It also includes the Augrabies Falls and the diamond mining regions in Kimberley and Alexander Bay. The Namaqualand region in the west is famous for its Namaqualand daisies. The southern towns of De Aar and Colesberg, in the Great Karoo, are major transport nodes between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. In the northeast, Kuruman is known as a mission station and also for its artesian spring, the Eye of Kuruman. The Orange River flows through the province, forming the borders with the Free State in the southeast and with Namibia to the northwest. The river is also used to irrigate the many vineyards in the arid region near Upington.

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The hills (or "koppies" as they are known locally) are topped with dolorite, and are nearly identical in appearance. They can be seen just to the east of the N1 highway, roughly 75 km outside Beaufort West, north of the junction of the N1 and the N12 highways. Due to the open and mountainous Karoo scenery, the area has become a relatively well-known landmark. [1]

Beaufort West Place in Western Cape, South Africa

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Karoo Natural region in South Africa

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There is a large "Shell Ultra City" branded full service petrol station nearby. [2]

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The early expansion of the Cape Colony's railway system, planned by the government of Prime Minister John Molteno and driven by Cape Government Railways, saw the Main Western Line to Kimberley pass this formation. A small station was built here in 1881 and it serviced the enormous tracts of farmland in the surrounding districts. [3]

Cape Colony Dutch and British colony in Southern Africa

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  2. "Three Sisters Shell Ultra City - Map and GPS Coordinate finder". Retrieved 2013-01-17.
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