Hamburg, Eastern Cape

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A sign welcoming people to Hamburg.
A sign welcoming people to Hamburg.
Hamburg is located in South Africa
 Hamburg shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 33°17′28″S 27°28′30″E / 33.291°S 27.475°E / -33.291; 27.475Coordinates: 33°17′28″S 27°28′30″E / 33.291°S 27.475°E / -33.291; 27.475
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Amathole
Municipality Ngqushwa
 • Total 10.85 km2 (4.19 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,348
 • Density 120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 95.8%
 • Coloured 0.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.1%
 • White 4.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 91.1%
 • English 4.9%
 • Tsonga 1.6%
 • Afrikaans 1.2%
 • Other 1.2%
Postal code (street) 5641
PO box 5641
Area code 040

Hamburg is a small town with about 100 inhabitants in the Eastern Cape province, in South Africa. It is located on the coast between the city of East London and the town of Port Alfred.

Village and holiday resort on the southern bank of the Keiskamma River, 3 km from its mouth, 11 km southeast of Peddie, 74 km south of King William’s Town and 96 km south-west of East London. It was established in 1857 by members of the British-German Legion after the Crimean War and named after Hamburg in Germany.[2]

The Hamburg Nature Reserve is located next to the mouth of the Keiskamma River, near Hamburg.[3]


Founded by German immigrants in the 19th century, the ship carrying the immigrants came at first from Hamburg, Germany. Between 1961 and 1994 the town was part of the Bantustan of Ciskei.