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Special Collections has a significant map collection, covering the whole African continent, and including rare and valuable items as well as a variety of atlases. Much of the collection was assembled by the first professor of Geography at UCT, Professor William Talbot.


Bemolanga
Map showing Bemolanga, a large oil sands deposit in the onshore Morondava Basin of Madagascar, with roads for carts/wagons, mule driver paths, tracks, drafted travelled roads, geodetic points, side points, large villages, villages, bridges/decks, mines, tombs, rice paddies of valley, bush, marsh, palm trees. Relief shown by countours and hachures. [Coordinates estimated]. Colour. Scale 1 : 100 000.
Benguela
Map showing Benguela, a city in western Angola, and northern South West Africa, and international, intercolonial, provincial, district boundaries, with place names, railways, under construction, projected, roads suitable for motor traffic: all seasons, dry weather, motor tracks, tracks, telegraphs or telephones, telegraphs or telephones along roads or tracks, provinces, frontier districts, localities, mountain ranges, peaks, valleys, capes, islands, tribes, bridges, towns of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th importance, rivers, unsurveyed, canals, marshes and swamps, plains liable to inundation, geodetic trigonometrical stations, altitudes in metres, depths in metres, welsl, springs, waterholes, pools, historical ruins, wireless telegraph stations, limits of navigation, mission stations. Contours are at 200 & 500 metres & thence at 500 metre intervals. Relief shown by form lines with height in metres, tinted shading. Second edition, ground/air. Colour. Scale 1 : 2,000,000.
Bilma
Map showing the north eastern Niger oasis town of Bilma, surrounding plains and regions, with mountain names, dune names, place names, other tracks and explorers routes, non-perennial rivers, intercolonial or mandate and district boundaries highlighted. Relief shown by form lines with height in metres. Colour. 3rd edition. Scale 1: 1 000 000.
Bir en Natrun
Map showing the well Bir en Natrun and other wells in the Northern Darfur State of Sudan, with place names, international and provincial boundaries, paths or tracks, trigonometrical or astronomical points, heights in metres above mean sea level, trees and bushes, ruins, graves, tribal names, names of localities, jebels (hills), countours with height in metres, khor and wadi unsurveyed, water perennieal (wells), water temporary (wells, pools), rivers, wells, pools, lakes or swamps, an abode or country, low clay mounds, Dinka cattle camps, temporary camps, water holes or ponds water holes in rocks, depressions, waterholes, stones, rocks, wells, hills or mountains, dry water courses, ports, anchorages, shallow lagoons usually formed in swamps, landing places, cattle enclosures, bluffs, flat topped hills, sand ridges, tomb of a religious man, lakes, streams filled from rivers and running inland, capes, small streams, running streams, large crack in cotton soil holding water, chief, markets, waterholes, dry water courses generally wider than a khor, outcrop of rocks. Paths or tracks highlighted in red. Relief shown by contour ines with height in metres. Colour. Scale 1: 1, 000,000.
Biskra
Map with hypsometric tints shows the area around Biskra, an inland oasis town in the Algerian Sahara, using the Southern Zone Layer System for altitudes, with boundaries, roads, springs, wells, ruins, fortified places and other place names. Relief shown by form lines, heights in metres. Colour. Scale about 1 inch to 10 miles.
Bizerte
Map of the region surrounding Bizerte, Tunisia, the northernmost city in Africa, and state, administrative, district and town boundaries, with magnetic declination, long distance roads, communication routes, local highways, irregularly maintained dirt roads, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, stone bridges, suspended bridges with supports, footbridges, ferries, fords navigable by vehicle or foot, forests, marshes, dunes, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels or holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, redoubts or redouts, batteries, cemetries, irrigation canals, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief in hill shading and form lines and contours. Scale 1 : 50.000.
Blandan
Map showing the town of Blandan on the Tunisian border in the Annaba region of Algeria, and state, department, district and town boundaries, national highways, department roads, irregularly maintained carriage roads, paths, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, railways, bridges, ferries, fords, woods, marshes, dunes and sand, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels and holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, irrigation canals, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, redoubts, batteries, cemetries, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief in hill shading and form lines and contours. Scale 1 : 50.000.
Bobo-Djulasso
Map showing Bobo Dioulassoa, the second largest city in Burkina Faso, and international, intercolonial or mandate, provincial,district and subdivision boundaries, with dual carriage-railways, single carriage railways: standard gauge, narrow gauge, metered tracks, narrow tracks, roads and ways for motor traffic, heavy duty roads, light duty roads, nature paths, passable all year round, passable only in dry weather, roads under construction, other tracks paths or explorers routes, telegraph lines along roads, telegraph lines, capital of the colony, important city districts, city subdivisions, villages, district capital, bridges, ferries, fords, perrenial rivers: with canals, non-perennial, unsurveyed, swamps, wells, waterholes, ground liable to flooding, airports, flight and landing strips, water airports, post offices and post offices with telegraph or telephones, roadhouses, radio or transmission stations, lighthouses, customs offices, harbours, Christian missions, trigonometric or astronomical points. Relief shown by form lines, heights in metres. Colour. Special edition. Scale 1 : 500 000.
Bolama
Map showing Bolama, the closest of the Bijagós islands to the mainland of Guinea-Bissau, and place names, international, intercolonial or mandate, provincial and district boundaries, with dual carriage-railways, single carriage railways: standard gauge, narrow gauge, metered tracks, narrow tracks, roads and ways for motor traffic, heavy duty roads, light duty roads, nature paths, passable all year round, passable only in dry weather, roads under construction, other tracks paths or explorers routes, capital of the colony, important city districts, city subdivisions, district capital, villages, military posts, camps, post offices and post offices with telegraph or telephones, customs offices, telegraph lines along roads, telegraph lines on overhead power lines, Christian missions, mosques, minarettes, sanctuaries, lighthouses, radio or transmission stations, watercourses non-perennial, not measured, wells, waterholes, landing strips. Colour. Special edition I. Scale 1 : 500 000.
Bonthe
A map of Bonthe, in Sierra Leone, showing national, colonial, provincial, district and subdivision boundaries, with roads, and nature walks, paths and other routes, telegraph lines, rivers, waterholes, wells, flight and landing fields, swamps, salt marsh, post offices, telegraph lines, radio stations, customs offices, astronomical points, lighthouses, Christian missions, mosques, harbours and district capitals. Colour. Special edition VI. Scale 1 : 500 000.
Bou Arada
Map of the region surrounding Bou Arada in the Béja governorate, Tunisia, including Djebel Rihane, showing state, administrative, district and communal boundaries, with magnetic declination, long distance roads, communication routes, local highways, irregularly maintained dirt roads, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, stone bridges, suspended bridges with supports, footbridges, ferries, fords navigable by vehicle or foot, rivers, forests, marshes, dunes, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels or holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, cannons, cemetries, irrigation canals, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief shown by form lines, contours and shading. Scale 1 : 50.000.
Bou Denib, Meknès
Map showing Bou Denib, a town in eastern Morocco, close to the border with Algeria in the Atlas Mountains, with secondary roads, paths, perennial rivers/watercourses, non-perennial rivers/watercourses, lakes, oasis, airports. Relief shown by form lines. Colour. Provisional edition. Scale 1: 500 000.
Bou Ficha
Map of the region surrounding Bou Ficha in eastern Tunisia near the Gulf of Hammamet, showing state, administrative, district and communal boundaries, with magnetic declination, long distance roads, communication routes, local highways, irregularly maintained dirt roads, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, stone bridges, suspended bridges with supports, footbridges, ferries, fords navigable by vehicle or foot, rivers, forests, marshes, dunes, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels or holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, cannons, cemetries, irrigation canals, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief shown by form lines, contours and shading. Scale 1 : 50.000.
Boundary of Griqualand West
A map showing various recommended boundaries and the approved boundary of Griqualand West, with farms, rivers, relief shown by hachures, and a few placenames including Kuruman and Taouns. Scale 2 1/2 inches to 10 miles. Scale about 1/2 inch to 1000 Cape roods. [Coordinates estimated]
Buchuberg irrigation project district map, shewing irrigable land, proposed site of headworks and approximate line of main canal
A map of the Orange River in the Divisions of Kenhardt and Prieska, showing irrigable land and the features of the proposed irrigation project. Colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
Buchuberg irrigation project district map, shewing irrigable land, proposed site of headworks and approximate line of main canal
A map of the Orange River in the Divisions of Kenhardt and Prieska, showing irrigable land and the features of the proposed irrigation project. Colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
Bugeaud
Map showing the town of Bugeaud near the Edough Mountains in the Annaba region of Algeria, and state, department, district and town boundaries, national highways, department roads, irregularly maintained carriage roads, paths, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, railways, bridges, ferries, fords, woods, marshes, dunes and sand, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels and holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, irrigation canals, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, redoubts, batteries, cemetries, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief in hill shading and form lines and contours. Scale 1 : 50.000.
Bulawayo
Map of Bulawayo and surrounding areas, showing international, district and provincial boundaries, with railways, roads and tracks, towns and administrative posts, villages, mission stations and tribal areas, rivers and other watercourses, lakes, dams, pans, springs, waterholes, wells, boreholes, swamps, telephone or telegraph lines, hill features, sand, cliffs, escarpment, craters, lava and lava boulders, mines, power lines, lighthouses, public buildings such as stores, police posts, post offices and schools. Colour. Relief shown by contours, form lines and hachures. Scale 1 : 1,000,000.
Béja
Map of Beja City and the mountaineous region northeast to it in the Bajah Governate of Tunisia, showing state, administrative, district and town boundaries, with magnetic declination, long distance roads, communication routes, local highways, irregularly maintained dirt roads, logging roads and mule tracks, remains of Roman roads, stone bridges, suspended bridges with supports, footbridges, ferries, fords navigable by vehicle or foot, forests, marshes, dunes, vines, water sources dry in summer, churches, chapels or holy places, houses, wells and fountains, water and wind mills, fixed and rotating lighthouses, port lights, redoubts, batteries, cemetries, irrigation canals, trigonometric points, telegraphs, posts. Colour. Relief in hill shading and form lines and contours. Scale 1 : 50.000.
C.G.R. Alexandria-Sandflats inspection, to accompany Mr. G. S. Owen's report dated 1st Sept. 1897
A map showing a proposed railway line from Alexandria to Sandflats through the Field Cornetcies of Alexandria, Oliphant's Hoek, Bushman's River, Gorah and Zuurberg. The area is bordered by Somerset, Uitenhage, Albany, Bathurst and the sea. Forest, farms, unassigned lots of land, rivers and roads are indicated. Some colour. 1 inch to 800 Cape roods.
C.G.R. Alexandria-Sandflats inspection, to accompany Mr. G. S. Owen's report dated 1st Sept. 1897
A map showing a proposed railway line from Alexandria to Sandflats through the Field Cornetcies of Alexandria, Oliphant's Hoek, Bushman's River, Gorah and Zuurberg. The area is bordered by Somerset, Uitenhage, Albany, Bathurst and the sea. Forest, farms, unassigned lots of land, rivers and roads are indicated. Some colour. 1 inch to 800 Cape roods.
C.G.R. Aliwal North-Lady Grey inspection : sketch map to accompany report by John Gillespie, dated May 20th 1898
A map showing proposed extensions of the existing railway line from Stormberg in the Eastern Cape, from Aliwal North to Lady Grey, with farms, rivers, commonages, roads, outspans and place names. Relief shown by hachures. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Caldon surveys, 1897
A map of the southern Cape Colony from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn showing a proposed railway line from caledon to Riversdale and from Caledon to Sir Lowry's Pass and to Klapmuts. Rivers, place names and districts are indicated. Some colour. Scale 1 to 800,000 or 12.62 English statute miles = 1 inch; 1 inch to 5 000 Cape roods
C.G.R. Caledon surveys, sheet1, 1896
Map showing the proposed extension of the railway from Somerset West, through the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Houw Hoek Mountains, to Caledon, with rivers, outspans, roads, boundaries, place names and the coastline from Mostert's Bay, through Gordon's Bay to Kogel Bay. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Caledon surveys. Sheet 2, 1896
Map showing proposed railway lines from Caledon to Swellendam, with farms, rivers, roads and outspans. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Caledon surveys. Sheet 2, 1896
Map showing proposed railway lines from Caledon to Swellendam, with farms, rivers, roads and outspans. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Caledon surveys. Sheet 3, 1896
Map showing proposed railway line from Swellendam, passing Zuurbaak, through Heidelberg to Riversdale, with farms, rivers, road and outspans. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Caledon surveys. Sheet 3, 1896
Map showing proposed railway line from Swellendam, passing Zuurbaak, through Heidelberg to Riversdale, with farms, rivers, road and outspans. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Dohne-Umtata railway plan showing proposed route, also alternative routes from Esatern System to Natal border (to accompany report by Mr. C. Bodtker dated December 28th 1901
A map showing proposed extensions of the existing East London railway line from Dohne Station to Umtata, from Amabele Loop to Umtata via Komgha, Butterworth and Idutywa, from Umtata to Riverside via Qumbu, Mounte Frere and Kokstad, from Riverside to Indwe via Matatiele, Maclear, Ugie and Elliot. Map also shows roads, rivers, towns, bridges, hotels, mission stations and trigonometrical stations. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 6 miles.
C.G.R. East London -Peddie inspection, to accompany report by Mr. G. S. Owen dated Sept. 1st 1897
Map showing railway line from Peddie to East London, with rivers, locations, cornetcies and small place names. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 1 mile
C.G.R. East London-Peddie inspection to accompany report by Mr. G. S. Owen dated Sepr. 1st 1897
A map showing proposed railway routes from East London to Peddie, passing through farms and Jali's Location, Umthouli's Location, Kaulela's Location, Kwenkwezi's Location, Pato's Kop Fingo Location, Hamburg, Bodiam and Bell Commonages. The map also shows the Villages of Bell and Bodiam, Wooldridge Commonage, Peddie Commonage, a mission farm and gardens near Mount Coke, King William's Town, Peddie Watch Tower, Star Fort, garden lots, Fort Clamorgan, trigonometrical stations, Fort Grey, numbered field cornetcies, roads and rivers. Some colour. Scale about 1 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Flying survey : Fort Beaufort-King Williams Town, 1896
Map showing proposed railway line from Fort Beaufort to King William's Town, passing Alice, Fort Hare, Ann Shaw village and Dikidikana and connecting with the existing railway from East London, with rivers, roads, commonage, farms, native locations, Perie and Mazingata's Village. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Flying surveys for proposed railways: Port Elizabeth-Avontuur, 1896, to accompany Mr. A. H. Haigh's report dated 16th April 1896
Map showing railway line from Avontuur to Port Elizabeth, with rivers, roads and small place names. Some colour. Scale 1 cm to 1 mile. Inset: Rough sketch plan, scale 300 ft to 1 inch
C.G.R. Grahamstonw-Peddie inspection, to accompany J. Gillespie's report dated 19th Feby. 1898
A map showing proposed extensions of the existing railway line at Graham's Town to Peddie, also showing H. H. Ellioott's proposed line from the Round Hill siding to Peddie and an alternative route proposed by Cornelius Cock, with Jokweni's Location, Matomela's Location, Umthouli's Location, Newton Dale Mission Station, the Great Fish River mouth, Peddie town, German Village, forts, rivers, farms, roads, outspans, trigonometrical stations and place names. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 1 mile.
C.G.R. Inspection of railway routes from Naauwpoort to Nel's Poort and to Biesjies Poort via Richmond, to accompany Mr. J. Gillespie's report dated 6th April 1898
Map showing railway line from Klipkraal and Biesjies Poort to Naauwpoort, with rivers and small place names. Some colour. Scale 1 cm to 10 miles
C.G.R. King Williams Town London-Peddie railway. Plan shewing route, to accompany H. H. Elliott's report dated 1st May 1896
A map showing the proposed railway route from King William's Town to Peddie, passing farms, Kaulela's Location, a police reserve, a military reserve, villages, Siwani's Location and Jan Tshatshu Location, with roads and rivers, an outspan and a racecourse. Kwekazi's Location, Kama's Location and Toise's Location are also shown. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 2 miles. Map takes up one third of the sheet. The rest is taken up by 'Sketch shewing approximate average grades, distances compiled from rough notes taken from cart along main road.'
C.G.R. King Williams Town-Peddie railway
In two parts: 'Plan shewing route,' and 'Sketch shewing approximate average grades, distances compiled from rough notes taken from cart along Main Road.' Scale horizontal 1 inch to 4 miles. Scale vertical 1 inch to 200 feet. Map of proposed route from Peddie to King William's Town shows Kwekazi's location, Kaulela's location, Kama's location, Toise's location and Siwani's location, with farms, villages, police reserve, military reserve, roads and rivers. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 2 miles.
C.G.R. Malmesbury-Greys Pass survey, to accompany G. S. Owen's report dated 3rd May 1898
A map showing the proposed extension of the Malmesbury railway line from the Kalabas Kraal Station, passing close to Hopefield, crossing the Great Berg River, through Piquetberg and ending close to Grey's Pass, with farms, rivers, roads and commonage. The map shows Malmesbury and the villages of Darling, Hopefield, Piquetberg and Porterville, and covers the field cornetcies of Groene Kloof West, Groene Kloof East, Middel Zwartland, Voor Riebeeks Kasteel, Zwartland and Zout Rivier. The proposed railway stations are: Michiel Heyns Kraal, Klipfontein, Darling, Cochara, Uilenkraal, Hopefield, Rondekuil, Visschers Kraal, Middel Kraal, Wittewater, Piquetberg, Meintjes Kraal, Elands Vlei, Dwars in de Weg, Eendekuil and The Rest. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile. Scale 1 2/8 inch to 1000 Cape roods.
C.G.R. Malmesbury-Greys Pass survey, to accompany Mr. G. S. Owen's report dated 3rd May 1898
Map showing railway through the Swartland from Malmesbury to Grey's Pass, with rivers and small place names. Some colour. Scale 1/2 inch to 1 mile, 1 2/8 inch to 1000 Cape roods
C.G.R. Peddie-Round Hill railway : flying survey : plan shewing route to accompany H. H. Elliott's report dated 1st May 1896
A map showing proposed extensions of the railway line in the Eastern Cape, from the junction at Round Hill siding to Peddie Station, with Jokweni's Location, Matomela's Location, Umthouli's Location, Newton Dale Mission Station, the Great Fish River mouth, Waterloo Bay, Peddie town, German Village, Palmiet Fort and Star Fort, rivers, farms, roads, outspans, trigonometrical stations and place names. Some colour. Scale 1 inch to 1 mile. The sheet includes a section drawing "shewing approximate average grades and distances on proposed railway." Scale horizontal 1 inch to 4 miles. Scale vertical 1 inch to 200 feet.

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