Fisherhaven

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Fisherhaven
Fisherhaven is located in South Africa
Fisherhaven
Fisherhaven
 Fisherhaven shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°21′39″S 19°07′47″E / 34.36083°S 19.12972°E / -34.36083; 19.12972Coordinates: 34°21′39″S 19°07′47″E / 34.36083°S 19.12972°E / -34.36083; 19.12972
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Established 1967
Area[1]
 • Total 2.97 km2 (1.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 723
 • Density 240/km2 (630/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 2.1%
 • Coloured 26.4%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 69.7%
 • Other 1.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 50.6%
 • English 45.9%
 • Other 3.5%
Postal code (street) 7200

Fisherhaven is a small town in the Western Cape, South Africa. It is situated next to the Bot River Lagoon, about 14 km from Hermanus and about 14 km from Arabella Country Estate and Golf course. There is an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora.

Fisherhaven is a popular birdwatching and holiday destination. Over 120 bird species can be found in the surrounding area. Many water sports can be done on the lagoon including waterski, powerboating, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and fishing. A herd of wild horses are known to roam free in the marshlands, next to the Rooisand Nature Reserve. They are believed to be South Africa's only herd of wild horses in a wetland habitat.

During World War II, Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron 262 established a diversion base at the lagoon and Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boats operated from here. The land on which Fisherhaven is situated was originally part of the Afdaksrivier farm which was first recorded in 1754. Before that the area of Middelvlei was first settled by the Khoisan people.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Fisherhaven". Census 2011.