Retreat, Cape Town

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Retreat is located in Western Cape
Retreat is located in South Africa
Retreat is located in Africa
 Retreat shown within Western Cape
Coordinates: 34°03′18″S 18°28′32″E / 34.05500°S 18.47556°E / -34.05500; 18.47556Coordinates: 34°03′18″S 18°28′32″E / 34.05500°S 18.47556°E / -34.05500; 18.47556
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Cape Town
 • Councillor Johannes Burger (DA)
 • Total 5.27 km2 (2.03 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 25,745
 • Density 4,900/km2 (13,000/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 9.1%
 • Coloured 84.0%
 • Indian/Asian 0.8%
 • White 3.1%
 • Other 2.9%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 59.2%
 • Afrikaans 34.8%
 • Other 6.0%
Postal code (street) 7945, 7965
PO box 7965

Retreat is a suburb in Cape Town, South Africa.


Retreat is bordered by Steenberg and Lavender Hill to the south, Tokai, Bergvliet and Kirstenhof to the West and Heathfield to the north. Retreat railway station is on the main line from Cape Town to Simon's Town. Main Road (which runs from Central Cape Town through to Simon's Town) runs along the west of Retreat.


The suburb of Retreat in Cape Town was so named because the Dutch retreated to that area when they were losing the Battle of Muizenberg (1795?) The Dutch landed there after the Retreat and declared the area to be 'Terugtrekking van de nederlandse 1795' or in English, Retreat of the Netherlands 1795. The signage with 'Terugtrekking van de nederlandse 1795' written on it can be found at a Museum in Cape Town, South Africa.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Retreat". Census 2011.