Rooi-Els, Western Cape

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Rooi-Els is located in Western Cape
 Rooi-Els shown within Western Cape
Rooi-Els is located in South Africa
Rooi-Els (South Africa)
Rooi-Els is located in Africa
Rooi-Els (Africa)
Coordinates: 34°18′05″S 18°48′59″E / 34.30139°S 18.81639°E / -34.30139; 18.81639Coordinates: 34°18′05″S 18°48′59″E / 34.30139°S 18.81639°E / -34.30139; 18.81639
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Established 1948
 • Total 1.15 km2 (0.44 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 125
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 1.6%
 • White 92.0%
 • Other 6.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 48.8%
 • Afrikaans 47.2%
 • Other 4.0%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)

Rooi-Els (Afrikaans equivalent of red alder) is a settlement in Overberg District Municipality in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It was declared a township in June 1948, and is situated 5 km north of Pringle Bay, on the eastern shore of False Bay.[2] It was named after the farm and river by this name.[2]

It is situated beside the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and is itself a registered conservancy.[3] The town roads are narrow, un-tarred and without street lights. Klein-Hangklip mountain dominates the village, and is home to a pair of Verreaux's eagles. Other animals that may be noted are chacma baboons, rock hyrax, small antelope, African clawless otters and occasionally caracal and leopard.[3]

Klein-Hangklip on the eastern edge of False Bay as seen from Rooi-Els


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Rooi-Els". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Raper, P.E. Dictionary of Southern African Place Names. 
  3. ^ a b "Accommodation in Rooi-Els". Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Archived from the original on 16 September 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  • Note: Another river by this name is situated near Knysna in the southern Cape. The red alder tree does not currently occur near Rooi-Els.

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