Coordinates: 33°55′45″S 18°24′15″E / 33.92917°S 18.40417°E / -33.92917; 18.40417
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Tamboerskloof seen from Tafelberg Road on Table Mountain
Tamboerskloof seen from Tafelberg Road on Table Mountain
Tamboerskloof is located in Western Cape
Tamboerskloof is located in South Africa
Coordinates: 33°55′45″S 18°24′15″E / 33.92917°S 18.40417°E / -33.92917; 18.40417
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
Main PlaceCape Town
 • TypeSubcouncil 16 / Ward 77
 • CouncillorFrancine Higham (DA)
 • Total1.04 km2 (0.40 sq mi)
 • Total2,984
 • Density2,900/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African14.7%
 • Coloured5.1%
 • Indian/Asian1.6%
 • White75.8%
 • Other2.7%
First languages (2011)
 • English62.6%
 • Afrikaans27.6%
 • Other9.9%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)
Area code021
A view of Tamboerskoof

Tamboerskloof is a neighbourhood and suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.[3] It lies on the slopes of Lion's Head and Signal Hill, adjacent to the neighbourhoods of Gardens and Bo-Kaap. Tamboerskloof is one of the contiguous group of neighbourhoods referred to as the City Bowl.


The name Tamboerskloof is derived from the Dutch and Afrikaans words tamboer (drum) and kloof (valley). When Dutch settlers arrived and set up farms in the 1650s, they established the first of a series of lookout points at the site where Tamboerskloof lies today. From these lookout points, watchmen would beat drums to alert farmers in the area to the approach of a ship. Thanks to this, farmers would know that it was time to make their way to Cape Town harbour with their crops.[4]

Neighbourhood Watch[edit]

There is a very active neighbourhood watch called Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch (TBKWatch) which assists the community with volunteer patrols, a radio network, a CCTV network and reporting of service issues such as out of order street lights, traffic lights, potholes, and blocked drains. They work very closely with a community control room (Watchcom), the South African Police Service, City of Cape Town Metro Police, nearby City Improvement Districts, as well as local armed response companies.[citation needed]


Several schools can be found within Tamboerskloof, including:


According to the 2001 Census, the population of Tamboerskloof was 2 921. The following tables show various demographic data about Tamboerskloof from that census.[6]

Gender Population %
Female 1 375 47.07%
Male 1 546 52.93%
Ethnic Group
Group Population %
Black African 166 5.68%
Coloured 168 5.75%
Indian/Asian 27 0.92%
White 2 559 87.61%
Home Language
Language Population %
English 1 914 65.53%
Afrikaans 693 23.72%
Xhosa 58 1.99%
Other African languages 35 1.20%
Other languages 221 7.57%


  1. ^ "Councillor details: Francine Higham". City of Cape Town. Retrieved 18 October 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Tamboerskloof". Census 2011.
  3. ^ "Official planning suburbs". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Cape Town in Western Cape Area Overview". www.seeff.com. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Location of School" (Archive). German International School Cape Town. Retrieved 8 August 2015. Address: "28 Bay View Avenue, Tamboerskloof, 8001, Kapstadt, Südafrika" Directions in German (Archive), Main campus building map (Archive), Main campus direction map (Archive).
  6. ^ "Tamboerskloof". City of Cape Town - Census 2001. City of Cape Town. Retrieved 10 March 2010.

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