Groot River (Western Cape)

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Groot River
Groot River (Western Cape) is located in South Africa
Groot River (Western Cape)
Location of the Groot River mouth
EtymologyFrom Grootrivier, meaning "big river" in the Afrikaans language
CountrySouth Africa
StateWestern Cape
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationCederberg Mountains
Source confluenceTwee / Lang
 ⁃ coordinates32°46′29″S 19°17′35″E / 32.77472°S 19.29306°E / -32.77472; 19.29306
 ⁃ elevation735 m (2,411 ft)
MouthRiet River
 ⁃ location
Confluence with the Riet River, Western Cape
 ⁃ coordinates
32°36′48″S 19°27′10″E / 32.61333°S 19.45278°E / -32.61333; 19.45278Coordinates: 32°36′48″S 19°27′10″E / 32.61333°S 19.45278°E / -32.61333; 19.45278
 ⁃ elevation
456 m (1,496 ft)

The Groot River (English: "Large River") is a river in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. It is part of the Olifants/Doring River system. It is not to be confused with the Groot River of Eastern Cape or the Groot River of Southern Cape provinces.


It is formed by the confluence of the Twee River and Lang River, flowing off the eastern slopes of the Cederberg Mountains, south-east of Citrusdal.

The river flows in an easterly direction through the Skurweberge Mountains where it joins the Riet River that rises as the Winkelhaak River and Houdenbeks River north of Ceres. Below this confluence, the Riet River is joined by the Brandkraals River and Matjies River, after which it flows into the Doring River.[1]


The Clanwilliam Yellowfish (Labeobarbus capensis), a local endemic classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN, is still found in this river.[2]

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