List of estuaries of South Africa

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List of estuaries in South Africa This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it. List is in order from East (border with Mozambique) to the West (border with Namibia).

The South African coastline stretches for some 3000 km from Kosi Bay near the Mozambique border in the east to the Gariep (Orange) River at the Namibian border in the west. Some 300 river outlets intersect this coastline and these range from small water bodies that are only occasionally connected to the ocean, to large, permanently open systems, and coastal lakes connected to the sea via a narrow channel (Heydorn, 1991). Being places where rivers meet the sea, estuaries are one of the most important features of the South African coastline; they are tranquil areas of high productivity and play a vital role in the life cycles of many plants and animals. Apart from their ecological importance, estuaries are also popular sites for human activity and development. Recreational uses of estuaries include bait collection, bird watching, boating, fishing and swimming. Because of their great aesthetic value, areas around estuaries are often favoured for housing and tourist developments.

List of estuaries in South Africa[edit]

Name Drainage area in Km² Province and location River Name Coördinates Summary / Remarks
Kosi Bay Estuary 304 KwaZulu-Natal, border Mozambique 26°54′S 32°52′E / 26.900°S 32.867°E / -26.900; 32.867 Kosi Bay (26° 54’ S; 32° 53’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated on the east (KwaZulu-Natal) coast near the Mozambique border. This system has a catchment area of approximately 304 km2.
St Lucia Estuary 9 542 KwaZulu-Natal, Richards Bay 28°23′S 32°25′E / 28.383°S 32.417°E / -28.383; 32.417 The St Lucia estuary (28° 23’ S; 32° 25’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal town of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. It is the largest estuarine system in the country and has a catchment area of approximately 9 542 km2.
Mfolozi/Msunduzi Estuary 11 068 KwaZulu-Natal, Richards Bay Mfolozi River, and Msunduzi River 28°24′S 32°25′E / 28.400°S 32.417°E / -28.400; 32.417 The Mfolozi/Msunduzi estuary (28° 24’ S; 32° 25’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located north of the coastal town of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. This system has a catchment area of approximately 11 068 km2.
Richards Bay/Mhlathuze Estuary 3 670 KwaZulu-Natal, Richards Bay Mhlathuze River 28°51′S 32°03′E / 28.850°S 32.050°E / -28.850; 32.050 The Richards Bay/Mhlathuze system (28° 51’ S; 32° 03’E) is situated at the coastal town of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to the construction of a deep-water harbour in the 1970s, the system comprised a large shallow, expanse of water, fed primarily by the Mhlathuze River, with a catchment area of approximately 3670 km2. The system today consists two separate components, a harbour (Richards Bay) and a sanctuary area (Mhlathuze estuary) into which the Mhlathuze River flows. The harbour and sanctuary are separated by a 4 km long causeway or berm and each has its own separate opening to the sea. Both drain into the Indian Ocean.
Mlalazi Estuary 492 KwazUlu-Natal, Richards Bay Mlalazi River 28°57′S 31°49′E / 28.950°S 31.817°E / -28.950; 31.817 The Mlalazi estuary (28° 57’ S; 31° 49’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located just south of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 54 km long with a catchment area of 492 km2.
Matigulu/Nyoni Estuary 900 KwazUlu-Natal, Richards Bay Matigulu River and Nyoni River 29°05′S 31°38′E / 29.083°S 31.633°E / -29.083; 31.633 The Matigulu/Nyoni system (29° 05’ S; 31° 38’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal. This system drains a catchment area of over 900 km2.
Thukela (tugela) Estuary 29 101 KwaZulu-Natal, between Richards Bay and Durban Tugela River 29°13′S 31°30′E / 29.217°S 31.500°E / -29.217; 31.500 The Thukela system (29° 13’ S; 31° 30’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated in KwaZulu-Natal, approximately midway between Richards Bay and the coastal city of Durban. The Thukela is the largest river system in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 405 km long with a catchment area of 29 101 km2.
Mvoti Estuary 2 829 KwaZulu-Natal, north of Durban Mvoti River 29°24′S 31°20′E / 29.400°S 31.333°E / -29.400; 31.333 The Mvoti estuary (29° 24’ S; 31° 20’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 197 km long with a catchment area of 2 829 km2.
Mgeni Estuary 4 432 KwaZulu-Natal, Durban Mgeni River 29°48′S 31°02′E / 29.800°S 31.033°E / -29.800; 31.033 The Mgeni estuary (29° 48’ S; 31° 02’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 232 km long with a catchment area of 4 432 km2.
Durban Bay 264 KwaZulu-Natal, Durban 29°52′S 31°04′E / 29.867°S 31.067°E / -29.867; 31.067 Durban Bay (29° 52’ S; 31° 04’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located in the coastal city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. This important industrial harbour has a catchment area of approximately 264 km2.
Mkomazi Estuary 4 310 KwaZulu-Natal, south of Durban Mkomazi River 30°12′S 30°48′E / 30.200°S 30.800°E / -30.200; 30.800 The Mkomazi estuary (30° 12’ S; 30° 48’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies south of the city of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 298 km long with a catchment area of 4 310 km2.
Mzimkulu Estuary 6 745 KwaZulu-Natal, Port Shepstone Mzimkulu River 30°44′S 30°27′E / 30.733°S 30.450°E / -30.733; 30.450 The Mzimkulu estuary (30° 44’ S; 30° 27’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal town of Port Shepstone in KwaZulu-Natal. The river is approximately 329 km long with a catchment area

of 6 745 km2.

Mtavuna Estuary 1 553 KwaZulu-Natal, south of Port Edward Mtamvuna River 31°04′S 30°12′E / 31.067°S 30.200°E / -31.067; 30.200 The Mtamvuna estuary (31° 04’ S; 30° 12’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated just south of the coastal town of Port Edward at the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape provincial border. The river is approximately 162 km long with a catchment area of 1 553 km2.
Mzamba Estuary 505 Eastern Cape, south of Port Edward Mzamba River 31°06′S 30°10′E / 31.100°S 30.167°E / -31.100; 30.167 The Mzamba estuary (31° 06’ S; 30° 10’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape, just south of Port Edward near the KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape provincial border. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 505 km2.
Mtentu Estuary 965 Eastern Cape, north of Port St Johns Mtentu River 31°15′S 30°03′E / 31.250°S 30.050°E / -31.250; 30.050 The Mtentu estuary (31° 15’ S; 30° 03’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 965 km2.
Msikaba Estuary 1 011 Eastern Cape, north of Port St Johns Msikaba River 31°18′S 29°58′E / 31.300°S 29.967°E / -31.300; 29.967 The Msikaba system (31° 18’ S; 29° 58’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies north of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 1 011 km2.
Mzintlava Estuary 280 Eastern Cape, north of Port St Johns Mzintlava River 31°32′S 29°41′E / 31.533°S 29.683°E / -31.533; 29.683 The Mzintlava estuary (31° 32’ S; 29° 41’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 280 km2.
Mntafufu Estuary 178 Eastern Cape, north of Port St Johns Mntafufu River 31°34′S 29°38′E / 31.567°S 29.633°E / -31.567; 29.633 The Mntafufu estuary (31° 34’ S; 29° 38’E) lies north of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 178 km2.
Mzimvubu Estuary 19 853 Eastern Cape, Port St Johns Mzimvubu River 31°38′S 29°33′E / 31.633°S 29.550°E / -31.633; 29.550 The Mzimvubu estuary (31° 38’ S; 29° 33’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 19 853 km2.
Mngazi Estuary 561 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mngazi River 31°41′S 29°27′E / 31.683°S 29.450°E / -31.683; 29.450 The Mngazi estuary (31° 41’ S; 29° 27’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies just south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 561 km2.
Mngazana Estuary 285 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mngazana River 31°42′S 29°25′E / 31.700°S 29.417°E / -31.700; 29.417 The Mngazana estuary (31° 42’ S; 29° 25’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 285 km2.
Mtakatye Estuary 493 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mtakatye River 31°51′S 29°16′E / 31.850°S 29.267°E / -31.850; 29.267 The Mtakatye estuary (31° 51’ S; 29° 16’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 493 km2.
Mdumbi Eastuary 2 338 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mdumbi River 31°56′S 29°13′E / 31.933°S 29.217°E / -31.933; 29.217 The Mdumbi estuary (31° 56’ S; 29° 13’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 2 338 km2.
Mtata Estuary 2 585 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mtata River 31°57′S 29°10′E / 31.950°S 29.167°E / -31.950; 29.167 The Mtata estuary (31° 57’ S; 29° 10’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 2 585 km2.
Xora Estuary 438 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Xora River 32°10′S 29°00′E / 32.167°S 29.000°E / -32.167; 29.000 The Xora estuary (32° 10’ S; 29° 00’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 438 km2.
Mbashe Estuary 6 030 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Mbashe River 32°15′S 28°54′E / 32.250°S 28.900°E / -32.250; 28.900 The Mbashe estuary (32° 15’ S; 28° 54’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 6 030 km2.
Nqabara Estuary 578 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Nqabara River 32°20′S 28°47′E / 32.333°S 28.783°E / -32.333; 28.783 The Nqabara estuary (32° 20’ S; 28° 47’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 578 km2.
Shixini Estuary 332 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Shixini River 32°24′S 28°43′E / 32.400°S 28.717°E / -32.400; 28.717 The Shixini system (32° 24’ S; 28° 43’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 332 km2.
Qora Estuary 700 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Qora River 32°27′S 28°40′E / 32.450°S 28.667°E / -32.450; 28.667 The Qora estuary (32° 27’ S; 28° 40’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 700 km2.
Nggusi/Inxaxo Estuary 134 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Nggusi River and Inxaxo River 32°35′S 28°31′E / 32.583°S 28.517°E / -32.583; 28.517 The Ngqusi/Inxaxo system (32° 35’ S; 28° 31’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated south of the coastal town of Port St Johns on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. This system drains a total catchment area of approximately 134 km2.
Kobonqaba Estuary 321 Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns Kobonqaba River 32°36′S 28°29′E / 32.600°S 28.483°E / -32.600; 28.483 The Kobonqaba estuary (32° 36’ S; 28° 29’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated on the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape, south of Port St Johns. This system drains a catchment area of approximately 321 km2.
Great Kei Estuary 20 566 Eastern Cape, north of East London Great Kei River 32°41′S 28°23′E / 32.683°S 28.383°E / -32.683; 28.383 The Great Kei estuary (32° 41’ S; 28° 23’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal city of East London and forms the southern border of the former Transkei coast of the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 520 km long with a catchment area of 20 566 km2.
Kwelera Estuary 418 Eastern Cape,north of East London Kwelera River 32°55′S 28°05′E / 32.917°S 28.083°E / -32.917; 28.083 The Kwelera estuary (32° 55’ S; 28° 05’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated north of the coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 86 km long with a catchment area of 418 km2.
Gqunube Estuary 665 Eastern Cape, north of East London Gqunube River 32°56′S 28°02′E / 32.933°S 28.033°E / -32.933; 28.033 The Gqunube estuary (32° 56’ S; 28° 02’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies just north of the coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 109 km long with a catchment area of 665 km2.
Nahoon Estuary 548 Eastern Cape, East London Nahoon River 32°59′S 27°57′E / 32.983°S 27.950°E / -32.983; 27.950 The Nahoon estuary (32° 59’ S; 27° 57’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 77 km long with a catchment area of 584 km2.
Buffalo Estuary 1 279 Eastern Cape, East London Buffalo River 33°02′S 27°55′E / 33.033°S 27.917°E / -33.033; 27.917 The Buffalo estuary (33° 02’ S; 27° 55’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated at the coastal city of East London in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 133 km long with a catchment area of 1 279 km2.
Tyolomnqa Estuary 441 Eastern Cape, southwest of East London Tyolomnqa River 33°14′S 27°35′E / 33.233°S 27.583°E / -33.233; 27.583 The Tyolomnqa estuary (33° 14’ S; 27° 35’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies southwest of the coastal city of East London and forms the northern border of the former Ciskei coast of the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 78 km long with a catchment area of 441 km2.
Keiskamma Estuary 2 745 Eastern Cape, between East London and Port Alfred Keiskamma River 33°17′S 27°29′E / 33.283°S 27.483°E / -33.283; 27.483 The Keiskamma estuary (33° 17’ S; 27° 29’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is found on the former Ciskei coast of the Eastern Cape and is situated approximately midway between the City of East London in the north and the coastal town of Port Alfred in the south. The river is approximately 263 km long with a catchment area of 2 745 km2.
Great Fish Estuary 30 366 Eastern Cape, near Port Alfred Great Fish River 33°30′S 27°08′E / 33.500°S 27.133°E / -33.500; 27.133 The Great Fish estuary (33° 30’ S; 27° 08’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated northeast of the coastal town of Port Alfred and forms the southern border of the former Ciskei coast of the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 730 km long with a catchment area of 30 366 km2.
Kowie Estuary 800 Eastern Cape, Port Alfred Kowie River 33°36′S 26°54′E / 33.600°S 26.900°E / -33.600; 26.900 The Kowie estuary (33° 36’ S; 26° 54’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located at the coastal town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 94 km long with a catchment area of 800 km2.
Kariega Estuary 685 Eastern Cape, Port Alfred Kariega River 33°41′S 26°44′E / 33.683°S 26.733°E / -33.683; 26.733 The Kariega estuary (33° 41’ S; 26° 44’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated southwest of the coastal town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 138 km long with a catchment area of

685 km2.

Bushmans Estuary 2 675 Eastern Cape, southwest of Port Alfred Bushmans River 33°42′S 26°40′E / 33.700°S 26.667°E / -33.700; 26.667 The Bushmans system (33° 42’ S; 26° 40’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated southwest of the coastal town of Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 293 km long with a catchment area of 2 675 km2.
Sundays Estuary 20 990 Eastern Cape, northeast of Port Elizabeth Sundays River 33°43′S 25°51′E / 33.717°S 25.850°E / -33.717; 25.850 The Sundays estuary (33° 43’ S; 25° 51’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located northeast of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 481 km long with a catchment area of 20 990 km2.
Swartkops Estuary 1 303 Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth Swartkops River 33°52′S 25°38′E / 33.867°S 25.633°E / -33.867; 25.633 The Swartkops estuary (33° 52’ S; 25° 38’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 134 km long with a catchment area of 1 303 km2.
Gamtoos Estuary 34 635 Eastern Cape, west of Port Elizabeth Gamtoos River 33°58′S 25°04′E / 33.967°S 25.067°E / -33.967; 25.067 The Gamtoos estuary (33° 58’ S; 25° 04’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies to the west of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 645 km long with a catchment area of 34 635 km2.
Kromme Estuary 1 085 Eastern Cape, west of Port Elizabeth Krom River 34°09′S 24°51′E / 34.150°S 24.850°E / -34.150; 24.850 The Kromme estuary (34° 09’ S; 24° 51’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies to the west of the coastal city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The river is approximately 109 km long with a catchment area of 1 085 km2.
Keurbooms Estuary 1 080 Western Cape, near Plettenberg Bay Keurbooms River 34°02′S 23°23′E / 34.033°S 23.383°E / -34.033; 23.383 The Keurbooms system (34° 02’ S; 23° 23’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located in the Western Cape province near the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay. The river is approximately 85 km long with a catchment area of 1 080 km2.
Knysna Estuary and Harbour 525 Western Cape, Knysna Knysna River 34°05′S 23°04′E / 34.083°S 23.067°E / -34.083; 23.067 The Knysna estuary (34° 05’ S; 23° 04’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated near the coastal town of the Knysna in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 60 km long with a catchment area of 525 km2.
Swartvlei Estuary 455 Western Cape, between Knysna and Mossel Bay Sedgefield River 34°00′S 22°48′E / 34.000°S 22.800°E / -34.000; 22.800 The Swartvlei system (34° 00’ S; 22° 48’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is located on the Sedgefield River, approximately midway between the coastal towns of Knysna and Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 38 km long with a catchment area of 455 km2.
Gourits Estuary 45 715 Western Cape, southwest of Mossel Bay Goutitz River 34°21′S 22°33′E / 34.350°S 22.550°E / -34.350; 22.550} The Gourits estuary (34° 21’ S; 22° 33’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies southwest of the coastal town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 416 km long with a catchment area of 45 715 km2.
Goukou Estuary (kafferkuils) 1 550 Western Cape, west of Mossel Bay Goukou River 34°23′S 21°25′E / 34.383°S 21.417°E / -34.383; 21.417 The Goukou system (34° 23’ S; 21° 25’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies west of the coastal town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 67 km long with a catchment area of 1 550 km2.
Duiwenhoks Estuary 1 340 Western Cape, west of Mossel Bay Duiwenhoks River 34°22′S 21°00′E / 34.367°S 21.000°E / -34.367; 21.000 The Duiwenhoks estuary (34° 22’ S; 21° 00’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is situated west of the coastal town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 83 km long with a catchment area of 1 340 km2.
Breë Estuary 12 384 Western Cape, west of Mossel Bay Bree River 34°24′S 20°51′E / 34.400°S 20.850°E / -34.400; 20.850 The Breë estuary (34° 24’ S; 20° 51’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and lies west of the coastal town of Mossel Bay in the Western Cape, near Cape Infanta. The river is approximately 337 km long with a catchment area of 12 384 km2.
Heuningnes Estuary 1 400 Western Cape, Cape Agulhas Heuningnes River 34°42′S 20°07′E / 34.700°S 20.117°E / -34.700; 20.117 The Heuningnes system (34° 43’ S; 20° 07’E) drains into the Indian Ocean, and is the southernmost estuary in South Africa, situated near Cape Agulhas. The catchment area that feeds this system is approximately 1 400 km2.
Klein Estuary 906 Western Cape, near Hermanus Klein River 34°25′S 19°18′E / 34.417°S 19.300°E / -34.417; 19.300 The Klein estuary (34° 25’ S; 19° 18’E) drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is located near the coastal town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 66 km long with a catchment area of 906 km2.
Bot Estuary 920 Western Cape, northwest of Hermanus Bot River 34°21′S 19°05′E / 34.350°S 19.083°E / -34.350; 19.083 The Bot system (34° 21’ S; 19° 05’E) drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is situated just northwest of the coastal town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 54 km long with a catchment area of 920 km2.
Palmiet Estuary 535 Western Cape, west of Hermanus Plamiet River 34°21′S 19°00′E / 34.350°S 19.000°E / -34.350; 19.000} The Palmiet estuary (34° 21’ S; 19° 00’E) drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is located west of the coastal town of Hermanus in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 73 km long with a catchment area of 535 km2.
Diep Estuary 1 495 Western Cape, near Cape Town Diep River 33°53′S 18°28′E / 33.883°S 18.467°E / -33.883; 18.467 The Diep estuary (33° 53’ S; 18° 28’E) drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is situated near the coastal city of Cape Town in the Western Cape. The river is approximately 87 km long with a catchment area of 1 495 km2.
Berg Estuary 7 715 Western Cape, north of Cape Town Berg River 32°46′S 18°09′E / 32.767°S 18.150°E / -32.767; 18.150 The Berg estuary (32° 46’ S; 18° 09’E) drains into the Atlantic Ocean, and is located in the Western Cape and is found on the west coast, north of the coastal city of Cape Town, in fact north of Saldanha Bay. The river is approximately 294 km long with a catchment area of 7 715 km2.
Verloren Estuary 1 895 Western Cape, north of Cape Town Verlorenvlei River 32°19′S 18°20′E / 32.317°S 18.333°E / -32.317; 18.333 The Verlore system (32° 19’ S; 18° 20’E) is located in the Western Cape and is found on the west coast, north of the coastal city of Cape Town, south of Lamberts Bay. The river is approximately 101 km long with a catchment area of 1 895 km2.
Olifants Estuary 46 220 Western Cape, north of Cape Town Olifants River 31°42′S 18°11′E / 31.700°S 18.183°E / -31.700; 18.183 The Olifants estuary (31° 42’ S; 18° 11’E) is located in the Western Cape and is found on the west coast, north of the coastal city of Cape Town, north of Lamberts Bay. The river is approximately 285 km long with a catchment area of 46 220 km2.
Orange Estuary (Gariep) 549,700 Northern Cape border Namibia north of Port Nolloth Orange River 28°38′S 16°27′E / 28.633°S 16.450°E / -28.633; 16.450 The Gariep (Orange) system (28° 38’ S; 16° 27’E) is situated just north of the coastal town of Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape and forms the border between South Africa and Namibia. The Gariep (Orange) River is the largest in southern Africa and drains most of the western part of southern Africa including parts of Namibia and Lesotho. The river is approximately 2 173 km with a catchment area of about 549,700 km2.

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  • [1] South African environment Department.