Tide coming up the estuary of the Kaaimans River
|Etymology||Named kaaiman after leguaan, a species of Monitor Lizard which was formerly found in the river.|
|Source||N of George|
|• location||Outeniqua Mountains|
|W of Wilderness, Western Cape|
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The Kaaimans River (Afrikaans: Kaaimansrivier), also known as Keerom River, is a river in the Western Cape, South Africa. The mouth of the river lies near Wilderness. Further upriver, the Kaaimans River Gorge is popular for hiking and whitewater kayaking.
The Kaimaans River was formerly an obstacle for travellers, whose wagons had to wait sometimes for weeks before being able to cross it safely when it ran full of water. It was also nicknamed "Keeromrivier" (Turnabout River) because, faced with the raging waters, some travellers had to turn and try to find another way to reach their destination. Finally this obstacle was overcome when the Seven Passes Road was built by Thomas Charles John Bain.
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