Caledon, Western Cape

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Caledon
Town hall in Caledon
Town hall in Caledon
Caledon is located in South Africa
Caledon
Caledon
 Caledon shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°13′48″S 19°25′42″E / 34.23000°S 19.42833°E / -34.23000; 19.42833Coordinates: 34°13′48″S 19°25′42″E / 34.23000°S 19.42833°E / -34.23000; 19.42833
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Theewaterskloof
Established 1811[1]
Area[2]
 • Total 18.06 km2 (6.97 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 13,020
 • Density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[2]
 • Black African 13.7%
 • Coloured 69.6%
 • Indian/Asian 0.2%
 • White 15.6%
 • Other 0.8%
First languages (2011)[2]
 • Afrikaans 85.3%
 • Xhosa 7.1%
 • English 2.9%
 • Sotho 2.4%
 • Other 2.3%
Postal code (street) 7230
PO box 7230
Area code 028

Caledon is a town in the Overberg region in the Western Cape province of South Africa, located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of Cape Town next to mineral-rich hot springs. As of 2001 it had a population of 10,650.[3] It is located in, and the seat of, the Theewaterskloof Local Municipality.

Caledon is situated on the N2 national route, 113 kilometres (70 mi) by road from central Cape Town. At Caledon the N2 is met by the R316 from Arniston and Bredasdorp, and the R320 from Hermanus. It is also located on the Overberg branch railway line, 141 kilometres (88 mi) by rail from Cape Town station.

The Caledon district is primarily an agricultural region. Most agricultural activities involve grain production with a certain amount of stock farming. The town is locally well known for the Caledon Spa and Casino and for its rolling hills and yellow canola fields in spring.

The town has a Mediterranean climate of warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Temperatures are modified by its close proximity to the South Atlantic Ocean, just over the Klein River Mountains to the south.

The place was originally known in Dutch as Bad agter de Berg (Bath Behind the Mountain). A bath house was built in 1797 and a village called Swartberg sprang up, which was later renamed Caledon in honor of the Irish peer Du Pre Alexander, 2nd Earl of Caledon (1777–1839), the first British governor of the Cape (1806-11).

The writer Peter Dreyer was born in Caledon at the Caledon Baths Hotel in 1939.

Rhodesian government minister P. K. van der Byl retired to Caledon and subsequently died there, in Fairfield.

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