Black Kei River

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The Black Kei River, originates southwest of Queenstown, and eventually joins the White Kei River, to become the Great Kei River. Several villages are situated on its banks, including McBride Village, Qabi, Ntabelanga, Thornhill, Loudon, Mitford, Basoto, Baccle's Farm and Tentergate.

Black Kei River
Swart-Keirivier
Black Kei River is located in South Africa
Black Kei River
Location of the Black Kei River mouth
EtymologyFrom kei, the word for "water" in the Khoekhoe language
Location
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape Province
Physical characteristics
SourceStormberg
 ⁃ locationEastern Cape, South Africa
 ⁃ elevation1,500 m (4,900 ft)
Source confluenceSwart-Kei / Wit-Kei
MouthConfluence with White Kei River
 ⁃ coordinates
32°13′34″S 27°30′36″E / 32.22611°S 27.51000°E / -32.22611; 27.51000Coordinates: 32°13′34″S 27°30′36″E / 32.22611°S 27.51000°E / -32.22611; 27.51000
 ⁃ elevation
540 m (1,770 ft)
Basin features
Tributaries 
 ⁃ leftKlaas Smits River
 ⁃ rightKlipplaat River

The Thrift Dam is its only significant reservoir. Presently this river is part of the Mzimvubu to Keiskama Water Management Area.[1]

Its upper reaches form the western boundary of the Tsolwana Nature Reserve, and during the mid-1800s, the Black Kei and its Klipplaat tributary formed the northern boundary of British Kaffraria. The Klaas Smits and Klipplaat rivers are its main tributaries.[2]

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