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Bitterfontein is located in Western Cape
Bitterfontein is located in South Africa
Bitterfontein is located in Africa
 Bitterfontein shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 31°02′10″S 18°15′58″E / 31.03611°S 18.26611°E / -31.03611; 18.26611Coordinates: 31°02′10″S 18°15′58″E / 31.03611°S 18.26611°E / -31.03611; 18.26611
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Matzikama
 • Total 39.90 km2 (15.41 sq mi)
Elevation 355 m (1,165 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 986
 • Density 25/km2 (64/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 3.5%
 • Coloured 91.2%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 4.7%
 • Other 0.2%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 97.4%
 • Xhosa 1.3%
 • Other 1.2%
Postal code (street) 8200
PO box 8200
Area code 027

Bitterfontein is a village in the Knersvlakte, the northernmost area of the Western Cape province of South Africa, 320 kilometres (200 mi) north of Cape Town. It is the railhead of a line from Cape Town; ore from the copper mines at Okiep is transferred there from road transport to the railway. It is also located on the N7 (Cape Town–Namibia) national road; the distance from Cape Town is 386 kilometres (240 mi) by road and 465 kilometres (289 mi) by rail.[2]

Bitterfontein is located in the Matzikama Local Municipality, which is part of the West Coast District Municipality. According to the 2001 Census, it had a population of 906 in an area of 1.77 square kilometres (0.68 sq mi).[3] It is served by a police station,[4] a primary school,[5] a library,[6] and a satellite health clinic.[7]


  • The South African country singer Ruben Lennox wrote a song about Bitterfontein


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Bitterfontein". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Boonzaaier, Boon (2008). Tracks Across the Veld. ISBN 978-0-620-41711-2. 
  3. ^ Census 2001 — Statistics for Main Place
  4. ^ "Bitterfontein Police Station". Cape Gateway. 
  5. ^ "Bitterfontein Primary School". Western Cape Education Management System. 
  6. ^ "Bitterfontein Library Depot". Cape Gateway. 
  7. ^ "Bitterfontein Municipality Satellite Clinic". Cape Gateway.