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

Dutch Reformed Church in Vanrhynsdorp
Dutch Reformed Church in Vanrhynsdorp
Vanrhynsdorp is located in Western Cape
 Vanrhynsdorp shown within Western Cape
Vanrhynsdorp is located in South Africa
Vanrhynsdorp (South Africa)
Vanrhynsdorp is located in Africa
Vanrhynsdorp (Africa)
Coordinates: 31°37′S 18°44′E / 31.617°S 18.733°E / -31.617; 18.733Coordinates: 31°37′S 18°44′E / 31.617°S 18.733°E / -31.617; 18.733
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Matzikama
Established 1751
 • Total 5.99 km2 (2.31 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 6,272
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 6.9%
 • Coloured 71.9%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 19.7%
 • Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 95.3%
 • English 1.6%
 • Xhosa 1.2%
 • Other 1.8%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street) 8170
PO box 8170
Area code 027

Vanrhynsdorp was founded as Trutro ("TroeTroe") after the area was first explored by Europeans in 1661 by Pieter van Meerhoff.[2] The Troe-Troe Zending ("Mission") dates to the 1751 completion of the Trutro Homestead which is still standing at Vanrhynsdorp.[2] The name of the town was changed to Vanrhynsdorp in 1881.[2]

The town is located at the edge of the Nama Karoo, an area of semi-desert succulent vegetation.[3] The mountains around the town were populated by the San people, a group of late stone age hunter-gatherers. Examples of rock art exist dating from this period exist in the area.[2]

The Steenkampskraal rare earth mineral deposit lies 80km to the north east of the town in nearby Namaqualand.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Vanrhynsdorp". Census 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d Vanrhynsdorp, SA Places. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  3. ^ Vanrhynsdorp, Cape West Coast, SA venues. Retrieved 2012-05-06.
  4. ^ "'Steenkampskraal deposit". Retrieved 21 January 2011.