Pringle Bay

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Pringle Bay
Aerial view of Pringle Bay.
Aerial view of Pringle Bay.
Pringle Bay is located in Western Cape
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay
 Pringle Bay shown within Western Cape
Pringle Bay is located in South Africa
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay (South Africa)
Pringle Bay is located in Africa
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°21′S 18°49′E / 34.350°S 18.817°E / -34.350; 18.817Coordinates: 34°21′S 18°49′E / 34.350°S 18.817°E / -34.350; 18.817
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Area[1]
 • Total 3.26 km2 (1.26 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 801
 • Density 250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 8.0%
 • Coloured 5.5%
 • White 84.0%
 • Other 2.5%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.5%
 • Afrikaans 44.3%
 • Other 5.2%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
PO box 7196
Area code 028

Pringle Bay (Afrikaans: Pringlebaai) is a small coastal town of ca. 1600 inhabitants in the Overberg region of the Western Cape, in South Africa. It is situated at the foot of Hangklip, on the opposite side of False Bay from Cape Point. The town and surrounds are part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO Heritage Site. The bay is named after Rear-Admiral Thomas Pringle, of the Royal Navy, who commanded the naval station at the Cape in the late 1790s.[2]

Situated between Betty's Bay and Gordon's Bay, many of the houses in the small community are only used as holiday houses by their owners. It is accessed by the R44, which connects it to the N2.

Pringle Bay is well known for the Hangklip (hanging rock) that leans out to sea and marks the eastern end of False Bay. The Hangklip Mountain at 484m above sea level is packed with numerous natural caves, and was once a refuge for bandits and slaves escaping their Dutch masters, hence the mountain cave being named “Drostersgat” - Deserters Cave. [3]

The beach is exposed to the wind, and frequently empty. The town is safe, and family friendly and is home to a number of restaurants and curio shops which serve locals, holiday-makers and passers-by.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Pringle Bay". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Du Plessis & Cleary. The Overberg. p. 39. 
  3. ^ More info at afristay.com, accessed on 4. June 2018

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