Noordhoek, Cape Town

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Noordhoek Beach from Chapman's Peak Drive with Kommetjie in the distance.
Noordhoek Beach from Chapman's Peak Drive with Kommetjie in the distance.
Noordhoek is located in Western Cape
Noordhoek is located in South 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
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
MunicipalityCity of Cape Town
 • Total29.05 km2 (11.22 sq mi)
 • Total31,980
 • Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African67.3%
 • Coloured2.3%
 • Indian/Asian0.4%
 • White24.6%
 • Other5.4%
First languages (2011)
 • Xhosa47.4%
 • English28.5%
 • Afrikaans4.8%
 • Sotho1.1%
 • Other18.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
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Noordhoek is a seaside town in the Western Cape, South Africa, located below Chapman's Peak on the west coast of the Cape Peninsula and is approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) to the south of Cape Town. 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.

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