Great Brak River (river)

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Great Brak River
Great Brak River (river) is located in South Africa
Great Brak River (river)
Location of the Great Brak River's mouth
EtymologyFrom brak, meaning 'brackish' in Afrikaans.[1]
Native nameGroot Brakrivier
Location
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
RegionGarden Route
DistrictEden district
MunicipalityMossel Bay municipality
Physical characteristics
MouthIndian Ocean
 ⁃ location
Western Cape, South Africa
 ⁃ coordinates
34°03′35″S 22°14′33″E / 34.05972°S 22.24250°E / -34.05972; 22.24250Coordinates: 34°03′35″S 22°14′33″E / 34.05972°S 22.24250°E / -34.05972; 22.24250
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)

The Great Brak River (Afrikaans: Groot-Brakrivier) is a river in the Western Cape, South Africa. The mouth of the river lies at the town of Great Brak River which falls under the Mossel Bay Municipality.[2] The nearest towns are Mossel Bay, 24 km to the west, and the largest town in the southern Cape George, 34 km to the east by road.

The main tributaries of the Great Brak are the Perdeberg River, Tweeriviere River and Varings River.[3] The Wolwedans Dam is the only dam in the river.

History[edit]

In 1734 Jan de la Fontaine, Governor of the Cape Province, claimed Mossel Bay for the Dutch East India Company and the Great Brak River was proclaimed the eastern boundary of the Cape. This river should not be confused with the Brak River in Limpopo Province.

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