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Putsonderwater is located in Northern Cape
 Putsonderwater shown within Northern Cape
Coordinates: 29°14′0″S 21°53′0″E / 29.23333°S 21.88333°E / -29.23333; 21.88333Coordinates: 29°14′0″S 21°53′0″E / 29.23333°S 21.88333°E / -29.23333; 21.88333
Country South Africa
Province Northern Cape
District ZF Mgcawu
Municipality !Kheis
Area code 054

Putsonderwater is a settlement in !Kheis Local Municipality in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. It is located on the R383 road from Kenhardt to Marydale. Translated from Afrikaans, the name means “well without water".[1]

In South Africa, the term 'Putsonderwater' is used to indicate a far-off place, similarly to Timbuktu or Brigadoon.[2]


  1. ^ "Putsonderwater a well without people". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Putsonderwater". Karoo Space. Retrieved 7 December 2013.