Dwarskersbos

Dwarskersbos is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Dwarskersbos
Beach House in Dwarskersbos
Beach House in Dwarskersbos
Dwarskersbos is located in Western Cape
Dwarskersbos
Dwarskersbos
Dwarskersbos is located in South Africa
Dwarskersbos
Dwarskersbos
Coordinates: 32°42′S 18°14′E / 32.700°S 18.233°E / -32.700; 18.233Coordinates: 32°42′S 18°14′E / 32.700°S 18.233°E / -32.700; 18.233
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
DistrictWest Coast
MunicipalityBergrivier
Area
 • Total1.53 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Population
 (2011)[1]
 • Total670
 • Density440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African29.9%
 • Coloured9.7%
 • Indian/Asian2.7%
 • White57.5%
 • Other0.1%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans94.5%
 • English4.5%
 • Other1.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Area code022
Websitewww.dwarskersbos.com
Sunset shot over a beach house in Dwarskersbos.

Fishing village some 11 km north of Laaiplek. Near here the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama first set foot on South African soil on 7 November 1497 when he explored the present St Helena Bay. A 6m high storm surge struck Dwarskersbos on 27 August 1969. The name is said to be derived from Afrikaans; kersbos is a type of plant, Euclea polyandra, or Sarcocaulon species. The beach stretches from Velddrif and Dwarskerbos to Elands Bay, making it the longest uninterrupted sandy beach in South Africa. [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dwarskersbos". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 148.