List of islands of South Africa

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List of Islands of South Africa, An island /ˈlənd/ or isle /ˈl/ is any piece of land that is surrounded by water. Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls are called islets. A key or cay is another name for a small island or islet. An island in a river or lake may be called an eyot /ˈ.ət/. There is no standard of size which distinguishes islands from islets and continents.

When defining islands as pieces of land that are surrounded by water, narrow bodies of water like rivers and canals are often, but not always, left out of consideration. This is an attempt to list all islands of South Africa, regardless whether they are located in the Oceans around us, in our rivers, in our lake, or in our reservoirs (or dams, as we call it in South Africa).

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List of Islands of South Africa[edit]

Name Province and location Area in Ha Coördinates description
Bird Island Group (3) Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
1. Bird Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 19 hectares (47 acres) 33°50′S 26°17′E / 33.833°S 26.283°E / -33.833; 26.283 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
2. Stag Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 0.1 hectares (0.25 acre) 33°49′S 26°16′E / 33.817°S 26.267°E / -33.817; 26.267 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
3. Seal Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 0.6 hectares (1.5 acres) 33°50′S 26°16′E / 33.833°S 26.267°E / -33.833; 26.267 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
Bird Island, Lamberts Bay Western Cape at Lamberts Bay 8 hectares (20 acres) 32°5′21″S 18°18′4″E / 32.08917°S 18.30111°E / -32.08917; 18.30111 Breakwater walkway to main land
Dassen Island Western Cape South of Saldanha Bay west of Yzerfontein 273 hectares (670 acres) 33°25′S 18°5′E / 33.417°S 18.083°E / -33.417; 18.083
Duiker Island Western Cape near Hout Bay 0.4 hectares (0.99 acre) 34°3′S 18°19′E / 34.050°S 18.317°E / -34.050; 18.317
Dyer Island (Ilha da Fera = Island of wild creatures) Western Cape near Gans Bay 30 hectares (74 acres) 34°40′S 19°25′E / 34.667°S 19.417°E / -34.667; 19.417
Hartbeespoort Dam Islands North West 1 hectare (2.5 acres) 25°45′S 27°53′E / 25.750°S 27.883°E / -25.750; 27.883
Kamfers Dam Artificial Island Northern Cape North of Kimberley 0.3 hectares (0.74 acre) 28°40′S 24°45′E / 28.667°S 24.750°E / -28.667; 24.750 located in the Kamfers Dam.
Kosi Bay Islands KwaZulu-Natal in Kosi Bay 18 hectares (44 acres) 26°54′S 32°51′E / 26.900°S 32.850°E / -26.900; 32.850
Leisure Island Western Cape, Knysna 49 hectares (120 acres) 34°3′S 23°3′E / 34.050°S 23.050°E / -34.050; 23.050
Thesens Island Western Cape, Knysna 70 hectares (170 acres) 34°2′S 23°3′E / 34.033°S 23.050°E / -34.033; 23.050
Marion Island Western Cape More than 1750 km southeast of Port Elizabeth 29,000 hectares (72,000 acres) 46°52′S 37°43′E / 46.867°S 37.717°E / -46.867; 37.717
Msikaba Island Eastern Cape north of Port Grosvenor 31°19′S 29°58′E / 31.317°S 29.967°E / -31.317; 29.967
Prince Edward Island Western Cape More than 1750 km southeast of Port Elizabeth 4,500 hectares (11,000 acres) 46°37′S 37°55′E / 46.617°S 37.917°E / -46.617; 37.917
Robben Island Western Cape near Cape Town in Table Bay 507 hectares (1,250 acres) 33°48′S 18°22′E / 33.800°S 18.367°E / -33.800; 18.367 The island where Nelson Mandela spent a long time
Saint Croix Island Group (3) Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
1. Saint Croix Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 12 hectares (30 acres) 33°47′S 25°46′E / 33.783°S 25.767°E / -33.783; 25.767 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
2. Brenton Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 5 hectares (12 acres) 33°49′S 25°45′E / 33.817°S 25.750°E / -33.817; 25.750 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
3. Jahleel Island Eastern Cape near Port Elizabeth 5 hectares (12 acres) 33°48′S 25°42′E / 33.800°S 25.700°E / -33.800; 25.700 now part of the Addo Elephant National Park
Saint Lucia Lake Island KwaZulu-Natal near St Lucia 197 hectares (490 acres) 27°57′S 32°29′E / 27.950°S 32.483°E / -27.950; 32.483
Seal Island near Simons Town in False Bay 4 hectares (9.9 acres) 34°8′S 18°34′E / 34.133°S 18.567°E / -34.133; 18.567 Occupied by Cape Fur Seals.
Seal Island (Mossel Bay) near Mossel Bay 34°9′S 22°7′E / 34.150°S 22.117°E / -34.150; 22.117
Vaal Dam Island Just inside the Gauteng border 110 hectares (270 acres) 26°52′S 28°10′E / 26.867°S 28.167°E / -26.867; 28.167
Vaaldegrace Island Group - Vaal River (3) Free State at Parys 110 hectares (270 acres)
1. Vaaldegrace Island 1 Free State at Parys 26°55′S 27°25′E / 26.917°S 27.417°E / -26.917; 27.417
2. Vaaldegrace Island 2 Free State at Parys 26°53′S 27°28′E / 26.883°S 27.467°E / -26.883; 27.467
3. Vaaldegrace Island 3 Free State at Parys 26°53′S 27°26′E / 26.883°S 27.433°E / -26.883; 27.433
Vondeling Island Western Cape near Saldanha Bay 10 hectares (25 acres) 33°9′S 17°59′E / 33.150°S 17.983°E / -33.150; 17.983

List of Islands in reservoires (or Dams)[edit]

(and islands in Estuaries) Most of these Islands are Unnamed

Name Province and location Area in Ha Coördinates description
Klipplaat Dam Mpumalanga between Kriel and Witbank 26°11′23″S 29°12′43″E / 26.18972°S 29.21194°E / -26.18972; 29.21194 Unnamed Island
Vaal Barrage border Gauteng and Free State, between Vaal Dam and the Barrage 26°45′39″S 27°41′15″E / 26.76083°S 27.68750°E / -26.76083; 27.68750 4 Unnamed Islands
Vaal Dam Free State main section of the Dam has Groot Island 1.2 square kilometres (0.46 sq mi) 26°51′49″S 28°10′21″E / 26.86361°S 28.17250°E / -26.86361; 28.17250 groot eiland
Vaal Dam Mpumalanga Vaal River section of the Dam has 4 Islands 26°56′56″S 28°20′14″E / 26.94889°S 28.33722°E / -26.94889; 28.33722 coordinates of largest given
Vaal Dam Free State Wilge River section of the Dam has 2 Islands 27°5′25″S 28°18′46″E / 27.09028°S 28.31278°E / -27.09028; 28.31278 coordinates of largest given
Kosi Estuary KwaZulu-Natal at Kosi Bay, has 2 Islands 26°54′14″S 32°51′55″E / 26.90389°S 32.86528°E / -26.90389; 32.86528 coordinates of largest given
Bloemhof Dam Free State has 15 Islands in the Vaal River section of the Dam 27°40′0″S 26°0′28″E / 27.66667°S 26.00778°E / -27.66667; 26.00778 coordinates of largest given
Bloemhof Dam Free State has 4 Islands in the Vet River section of the Dam 27°48′2″S 25°46′24″E / 27.80056°S 25.77333°E / -27.80056; 25.77333 coordinates of largest given
Ntshingwayo Chelsford Dam KwaZulu-Natal south of Newcastle has 1 Island 28°0′41″S 29°51′17″E / 28.01139°S 29.85472°E / -28.01139; 29.85472
Allemanskraal Dam Free State has 5 Islands 28°17′47″S 27°9′35″E / 28.29639°S 27.15972°E / -28.29639; 27.15972 coordinates of largest given
Driel Barrage KwaZulu-Natal near Bergville has 2 Islands 28°46′24″S 29°15′58″E / 28.77333°S 29.26611°E / -28.77333; 29.26611 coordinates of largest given
Kalkfontein Dam Free State near Koffiefontein has 2 Islands 29°27′37″S 25°13′58″E / 29.46028°S 25.23278°E / -29.46028; 25.23278 coordinates of largest given
Dudley Pringle Dam KwaZulu-Natal near Tongaat has 2 Islands 29°31′38″S 31°8′27″E / 29.52722°S 31.14083°E / -29.52722; 31.14083 coordinates of largest given
Hazelmere Dam Eastern Cape near Hazelmere, has 2 Islands 29°35′37″S 31°1′36″E / 29.59361°S 31.02667°E / -29.59361; 31.02667 coordinates of largest given
Vanderkloof Dam Free State has 10 Islands 30°4′43″S 24°49′55″E / 30.07861°S 24.83194°E / -30.07861; 24.83194 coordinates of largest given
Gariep Dam Free State has about 25 Islands 30°39′13″S 25°40′8″E / 30.65361°S 25.66889°E / -30.65361; 25.66889 coordinates of largest given
Grassridge Dam Eastern Cape has 1 Island 31°45′1″S 25°27′21″E / 31.75028°S 25.45583°E / -31.75028; 25.45583

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References[edit]

  • [1] Department of Water Affairs
  • [2] data supplied as Google Earth files by the Resource Quality Services.