Great Kei River
|Great Kei River|
Aerial photograph of the mouth of the Great Kei River as it meets the Indian Ocean. The river ferry allowing vehicles and passengers to cross the river can be seen in the foreground.
|Name origin: From kei, the word for "water" in the Khoekhoe language|
|Province||Eastern Cape Province|
|- elevation||1,500 m (4,921 ft)|
|Source confluence||Swart-Kei / Wit-Kei|
|- elevation||540 m (1,772 ft)|
|- location||By Kei Mouth, South Africa|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||320 km (199 mi)|
The Great Kei River (Afrikaans: Groot-Keirivier) is a river in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It is formed by the confluence of the Black Kei River (Afrikaans: Swart-Keirivier) and White Kei River (Afrikaans: Wit-Keirivier), northeast of Cathcart. It flows for 320 km (199 mi) and ends in the Great Kei Estuary at the Indian Ocean with the small town Kei Mouth on the west bank. Historically the Great Kei River formed the southwestern border of the Transkei region.
Dams in the Great Kei basin
- Xonxa Dam in the White Kei River (Wit-Kei River).
- Wriggleswade Dam on the Kubusi River
- Bongolo Dam, in the Komani River, a tributary of the Klaas Smits River, itself a tributary of the Black Kei River
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