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Beach House in Dwarskersbos
Beach House in Dwarskersbos
Dwarskersbos is located in Western Cape
Dwarskersbos is located in South Africa
Dwarskersbos is located in Africa
 Dwarskersbos shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 32°42′S 18°14′E / 32.700°S 18.233°E / -32.700; 18.233Coordinates: 32°42′S 18°14′E / 32.700°S 18.233°E / -32.700; 18.233
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District West Coast
Municipality Bergrivier
Established 1920
 • Total 1.53 km2 (0.59 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 670
 • Density 440/km2 (1,100/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 29.9%
 • Coloured 9.7%
 • Indian/Asian 2.7%
 • White 57.5%
 • Other 0.1%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 94.5%
 • English 4.5%
 • Other 1.0%
Area code 022
Website www.dwarskersbos.com
Sunset shot over a beach house in Dwarskersbos.

Dwarskersbos is a settlement in West Coast District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Fishing village some 11 km north of Laaiplek. Near here the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama first set foot on South African soil on 7 November 1497 when he explored the present St Helena Bay. A 6m high storm surge struck Dwarskersbos on 27 August 1969. The name is said to be derived from Afrikaans; kersbos is a type of plant, Euclea polyandra, or Sarcocaulon species.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dwarskersbos". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 148.