Noordhoek, Cape Town

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Noordhoek is located in Western Cape
 Noordhoek shown within Western Cape
Location within Cape Town
Noordhoek is located in Cape Town
Noordhoek is located in South Africa
Noordhoek (South Africa)
Noordhoek is located in Africa
Noordhoek (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°06′14″S 18°21′36″E / 34.104°S 18.360°E / -34.104; 18.360Coordinates: 34°06′14″S 18°21′36″E / 34.104°S 18.360°E / -34.104; 18.360
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
 • Total 29.05 km2 (11.22 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 31,980
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 67.3%
 • Coloured 2.3%
 • Indian/Asian 0.4%
 • White 24.6%
 • Other 5.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 47.4%
 • English 28.5%
 • Afrikaans 4.8%
 • Sotho 1.1%
 • Other 18.2%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
PO box 7979

Noordhoek is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa, located below Chapman's Peak on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula, approximately thirty-five kilometres to the south of the city itself. The name "Noordhoek" was taken from Dutch and literally means "north corner". It is best known for its shoreline and its long, wide, sandy beach, which stretches south to the neighbouring village of Kommetjie. Near the southern end of this beach is the wreck of the steamship "Kakapo", which ran aground in 1900, when the captain mistook Chapmans' Peak for the Cape of Good Hope and put the helm over to port.[2]

Noordhoek can be accessed either from the scenic coastal road, Chapman's Peak Drive, which leads out of Hout Bay or via the mountain road Ou Kaapse Weg which cuts through the Silvermine Nature Reserve - now part of the Table Mountain National Park. Noordhoek is a small scattered community of houses, often with sea views and has a large horse population as riding on the long sandy beach is common.[citation needed] Many artists live in Noordhoek.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Noordhoek". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ Turner, M (1988). Shipwrecks & Salvage is South Africa. Cape Town: Struik. ISBN 0-86977-387-9. 

External links[edit]