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Tsomo is located in Eastern Cape
 Tsomo shown within Eastern Cape
Coordinates: 32°02′00″S 27°48′00″E / 32.033333°S 27.8°E / -32.033333; 27.8Coordinates: 32°02′00″S 27°48′00″E / 32.033333°S 27.8°E / -32.033333; 27.8
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Chris Hani
Municipality Intsika Yethu
 • Total 3.72 km2 (1.44 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 2,108
 • Density 570/km2 (1,500/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 94.8%
 • Coloured 2.1%
 • Indian/Asian 1.7%
 • White 1.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Xhosa 88.7%
 • English 3.1%
 • Afrikaans 1.1%
 • Other 7.0%
PO box 5400
Area code 047

Tsomo is a town in Chris Hani District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

The town is 45 km east of Qamata and 48 km west of Ndabakazi. Founded in 1877, it originated as a military station known as Tsomo Post. The name is derived from that of the Tsomo River, on which it is situated, which in turn is said to be named after a Xhosa chief who lived where the bridge now stands.

Tsomo was originally included in the Transkei territory of Fingoland (Mfenguland) however after the annexation by the British Fingoland was further divided into Butterworth, Tsomo and Nqamakwe.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Tsomo". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 439.