Keurboomstrand

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Keurboomstrand
The Keurbooms rivermouth
The Keurbooms rivermouth
Keurboomstrand is located in Western Cape
Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand is located in South Africa
Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand is located in Africa
Keurboomstrand
Keurboomstrand
 Keurboomstrand shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°00′S 23°27′E / 34.000°S 23.450°E / -34.000; 23.450Coordinates: 34°00′S 23°27′E / 34.000°S 23.450°E / -34.000; 23.450
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Eden
Municipality Bitou
Area[1]
 • Total 9.75 km2 (3.76 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 475
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 2.3%
 • Coloured 13.5%
 • White 82.9%
 • Other 1.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 49.9%
 • English 48.6%
 • Other 1.5%

Keurboomstrand is a resort town near Plettenberg Bay on the Western Cape of South Africa. It takes its name from the indigenous keurboom tree which grows in the region. The Keurbooms River runs nearby.

History[edit]

The Matjies River Rock Shelter nearby contains artefacts from the Bushmen dating back to the Neolithic period 11,000 years ago and is a National Monument.[2] The shell middens at the site is one of the largest in the world being 10 metres high, 15 metres wide and 30 metres long, but have been degraded

Portuguese explorers from the Silo Goncalo were ship-wrecked nearby in 1630 for eight months which was the first European settlement in South Africa.[citation needed]

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