Pringle Bay

Coordinates: 34°21′S 18°49′E / 34.350°S 18.817°E / -34.350; 18.817
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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 is located in South Africa
Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay
Coordinates: 34°21′S 18°49′E / 34.350°S 18.817°E / -34.350; 18.817
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
 • Total3.26 km2 (1.26 sq mi)
 • Total801
 • Density250/km2 (640/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African8.0%
 • Coloured5.5%
 • White84.0%
 • Other2.5%
First languages (2011)
 • English50.5%
 • Afrikaans44.3%
 • Other5.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
Area code028

Pringle Bay (Afrikaans: Pringlebaai) is a small, affluent[citation needed][clarification needed] coastal village 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]


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


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