National Geographic : 1931 Apr
Photograph byMelville Chater TEMPLELIKE CLIFFS GUARD THE APPROACH TO THE GOLDEN GATE NEAR BETHLEHEM Through this defile the last Boer commandos escaped, to become the "bitter-enders," or guerrilla warfarers, attheclose oftheAnglo-Boer War. Geologists believe that the ground atop the plateaus of Orange Free State is perhaps some of the oldest inthe world. Ataremote period volcanic erup tions covered the region with a great, level expanse of lava. Denudation and erosion have cut the plain intoaseries oftable mountains (see, also, page 442).