Elands River (Olifants)

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Elands River
Swemkuil in Elandsrivier, Little Eden, a.jpg
A rock pool in the upper Elands River
Elands River (Olifants) is located in South Africa
Elands River (Olifants)
Location of the Elands River mouth
EtymologyNamed after the Common Eland (Taurotragus oryx)
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceGauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo
Physical characteristics
 - locationWest of Bronkhorstspruit
 - elevation1,480 m (4,860 ft)
MouthOlifants River (Limpopo)
 - location
Arabie Dam
 - coordinates
24°52′52″S 29°21′23″E / 24.88111°S 29.35639°E / -24.88111; 29.35639Coordinates: 24°52′52″S 29°21′23″E / 24.88111°S 29.35639°E / -24.88111; 29.35639
 - elevation
971 m (3,186 ft)

The Elands River (Afrikaans: Elandsrivier) is a river in the former Transvaal area, South Africa. It is a tributary of the Olifants River, part of the Limpopo River basin.


The Elands shown as a tributary of the Olifants on a map of 1887

The Elands River originates west of Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng Province, flowing northwards and then bending northeastwards into the Rust de Winter Dam, where the Rust De Winter Nature Reserve is located.[1] A few kilometers downstream it flows into the larger Rhenosterkop Dam. Finally it joins the Olifants River at the head of the Arabie Dam reservoir.[2]

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