Tarka River

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Tarka River
Tarka River is located in South Africa
Tarka River
Confluence of the Tarka and Great Fish Rivers
EtymologyTarka probably meaning 'place of many women' in the Khoekhoe language. The Xhosa name Umncumuba means 'willow tree'[1]
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceEastern Cape
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationBamboesberg
MouthGreat Fish River
 ⁃ location
 ⁃ coordinates
32°18′53″S 25°43′30″E / 32.31472°S 25.72500°E / -32.31472; 25.72500Coordinates: 32°18′53″S 25°43′30″E / 32.31472°S 25.72500°E / -32.31472; 25.72500
 ⁃ elevation
815 m (2,674 ft)

The Tarka River is a river in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Along with the Baviaans River, Grootbrak River and Kat River it is a major eastern tributary of the Great Fish River.[2] The Lake Arthur Dam and the Kommandodrif Dam are located in this river. The latter is included in the Commando Drift Nature Reserve.

The Tarka river is part of the Fish to Tsitsikama Water Management Area.[3]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
  2. ^ Transactions of the Geological Society of London. Geological Society of London. 1856. p. 57. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  3. ^ Fish to Tsitsikama WMA 15

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