Elands Bay

Elands Bay

Baboon Point, Elands Bay
Elands Bay
Elands Bay
Elands Bay

 Elands Bay shown within Western Cape

Coordinates: 32°18′S 18°19′E / 32.300°S 18.317°E / -32.300; 18.317Coordinates: 32°18′S 18°19′E / 32.300°S 18.317°E / -32.300; 18.317
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Cederberg
  Total 3.76 km2 (1.45 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
  Total 1,525
  Density 410/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
  Black African 30.6%
  Coloured 60.1%
  Indian/Asian 1.4%
  White 7.5%
  Other 0.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
  Afrikaans 74.7%
  Xhosa 17.1%
  English 4.0%
  Other 4.2%
PO box 8110
Area code 022

Elands Bay is a town in South Africa, situated in the Western Cape Province, on the Atlantic Ocean, at 32°18′S 18°19′E / 32.300°S 18.317°E / -32.300; 18.317. The town is located about 220 kilometres (two and a half hours drive) north from Cape Town. It is a major surfing location and is also noted for its caves, which have a number of rock paintings.[2]

In 2009, Heritage Western Cape declared the Elands Bay Cave and most of Baboon Point (Cape Deseada), on which it is located, as a provincial heritage site.[3] Eland's Bay along with much of this coastline is an "important" bird habitat. The local wetland, Verloerenvlei, is a Ramsar wetland.

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 "Main Place Elands Bay". Census 2011.
  2. Parkington, John (1981). Pattern of the past: studies in honour of David Clarke. Cambridge University Press. pp. 341–57. ISBN 0-521-22763-1.
  3. Provincial Notice 4619,Province of the Western Cape Provincial Gazette, No. 6621, Cape Town: 9 April 2009, p.549

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