Wagon wheel camp layouts have been favoured, in some quarters, for rotational grazing due to the economy and convenience of having the camps radially arranged around central facilities. A possible disadvantage of such layouts is the tendency for over-grazing near the hub and under-grazing at the extremities. The recent construction of three wagon wheel camp layouts on a farm near Kimberley provided the opportunity for a survey of the state of the vegetation. Two of the wagon wheel cells exhibited a low beta diversity while a higher beta diversity in the third cell was characterized by annuals and other weedy species near the hub, which was established at a previously existing watering point.
Keywords: beta diversity; botany; grazing; kimberley; northern cape; over-grazing; overutilization; piosphere; rotational grazing; south africa; species turnover; survey; underutilization; vegetation