Groot River (Eastern Cape)

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Groot River
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Groot River (Eastern Cape) is located in South Africa
Groot River (Eastern Cape)
Location of the Groot River mouth
EtymologyFrom Grootrivier, meaning "big river" in the Afrikaans language
CountrySouth Africa
StateEastern Cape
Physical characteristics
Source confluenceKariega and Sout confluence
MouthGamtoos River
 • location
Confluence with Kouga River
 • coordinates
33°44′45″S 24°36′55″E / 33.74583°S 24.61528°E / -33.74583; 24.61528Coordinates: 33°44′45″S 24°36′55″E / 33.74583°S 24.61528°E / -33.74583; 24.61528
 • elevation
90 m (300 ft)

The Groot River is a river in the southern area of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is a right hand tributary of the Gamtoos River.[1] This river passes through Steytlerville.


The Groot River originates at a point where the Kariega River and the Sout River meet, although they enter the Beervlei Dam as the Sout River. Beyond the dam, the river becomes the Groot River, running southeast. Near the town of Steytlerville it turns slightly southwards before heading eastward again, lastly bending southwards before it joins the Kouga River to form the Gamtoos at the confluence.[2]

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