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Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk church in Kareedouw
Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk church in Kareedouw
Kareedouw is located in Eastern Cape
Kareedouw is located in South Africa
Kareedouw is located in Africa
 Kareedouw shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 33°57′7″S 24°17′22″E / 33.95194°S 24.28944°E / -33.95194; 24.28944Coordinates: 33°57′7″S 24°17′22″E / 33.95194°S 24.28944°E / -33.95194; 24.28944
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Sarah Baartman
Municipality Kou-Kamma
Established 1905
 • Total 15.10 km2 (5.83 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 4,985
 • Density 330/km2 (860/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 32.8%
 • Coloured 56.5%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 9.5%
 • Other 1.0%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 72.6%
 • Xhosa 22.1%
 • English 2.4%
 • Other 2.9%
Postal code (street) 6400
PO box 6400
Area code 042

Kareedouw is a town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is the administrative centre for the Kou-Kamma Municipality in the Sarah Baartman District of the Eastern Cape.

The town's name derives from the Khoe[disambiguation needed] phrase meaning "path by the karee trees". The town was established by white settlers around the year 1750.[2]


Kareedouw is the gateway to the Langkloof Mountains; 120 km from Port Elizabeth. It nestles between the Tsitsikamma and Suuranys Mountains. A popular activity is 4x4 trips through the Suurveld, Kouga and Baviaanskloof Wilderness areas, canoe trips on the Kouga River, and camping and hiking trails. [3][4][5]

Notable residents[edit]

One important person connected to the town is John Vorster, prime minister of South Africa from 1966 to 1978, who had a house on the coast and is buried in the cemetery next to the Dutch Reformed Church. [6]

  • Balthazar Johannes Vorster lies buried under a large black marble slab in "heroes' acre" in the remote Eastern Cape town of Kareedouw, at the foot of the Langkloof. ... As late as 2002, the Kareedouw hospital still treated black and white patients at separate entrances... [7]


There is a Kareedouw Peak and a Kareedouw Pass.[8]

The Tsitsikamma mountains are a mountain range located in the Garden Route region of the southern South African coast in the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. They stretch just over 80 km from the Keurbooms River in the west just north of Plettenberg Bay, to Kareedouw Pass in the east.[9] The Formosa Conservation Area is adjacent to the Jagersbos farm, about 15 km west of Kareedouw.[10]

There are medical and pharmaceutical facilities, the provincial B.J. Vorster Hospital, a public library, and a Lutheran Missionary Monument at or near Kareedouw.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Kareedouw". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Langkloof Route". Open Africa. 2002-07-08. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  3. ^ "Four Star Hotels in Kareedouw". Essential Travel Info. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2] Archived 29 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ [3][dead link]
  7. ^ "Ghost of apartheid haunts George - PW Botha's town". Anarkismo. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  8. ^ http://www.aluka.org/action/doBrowse?sa=1&sa=1&br=tax-epithets-derived%7Cnamed-as%7C-no_t-&t=149937&cookieSet=1
  9. ^ "TSITSIKAMMA Mountain Reserve". Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20070824155735/http://academic.sun.ac.za/botzoo/tolley/Tolley%20and%20Burger%20AJH%2053%282%29%20123-133.pdf
  11. ^ [4] Archived 12 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ "Background" (PDF). Archive.is. 2006-04-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20080125051933/http://www.cacadu.co.za/municipality/article/59/Exploring_in_the_Cacadu_district/. Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 20 April 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)