Tyhume River

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Tyhume River
Tyhumeriver valley, eastern cape - rsa.jpg
Tyhume River Valley below Hogsback Pass
Tyhume River is located in South Africa
Tyhume River
Location of the Tyhume River mouth
CountrySouth Africa
RegionEastern Cape
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationAmathole Mountains, Hogsback, Eastern Cape
MouthKeiskamma River
 ⁃ coordinates
32°41′5″S 26°54′18″E / 32.68472°S 26.90500°E / -32.68472; 26.90500Coordinates: 32°41′5″S 26°54′18″E / 32.68472°S 26.90500°E / -32.68472; 26.90500
 ⁃ locationKeiskamma River

The Tyhume River is a river in Amathole District Municipality in the central part of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. It springs in the forested mountains of Hogsback, part of the Amatola Mountains, and runs down the Tyhume River Valley and through the eastern verge of the small town of Alice, Eastern Cape, bordering most of the Fort Hare University grounds.

Almost in the centre of the valley, it is being dammed by the Binfield Park Dam at 32°41′13″S 26°54′16″E / 32.68694°S 26.90444°E / -32.68694; 26.90444,[1] a major water storage reservoir for the rural settlements and farms in the area, as well as Middledrift town lower down, all in the Nkonkobe Local Municipality area. After the dam, the river flows down south, then east and south-east to later join the Keiskamma River on its way to the Indian Ocean near Hamburg.

See also[edit]


  • T. V. Bulpin: Illustrated guide to southern Africa. Reader’s Digest Ass. South Africa, Cape Town 1985, ISBN 0-947008-17-9
  • Robert H.W. Shepherd: Lovedale South Africa. The Story of a Century 1841-1941. Lovedale #The Lovedale Press# 1940
  • Geological map of South Africa 1:250.000, Sheet 3226 King William’s Town
  • 3226 King William's Town, 1:250.000, topo-cadastral, Mowbray #Chief Directorate Surveys and Mapping# 1985
  • 3226 DD Alice, topographic map 1:50 000, Mowbray #Chief Directorate Surveys and Mapping# 2002
  • 3226 DB Seymour, topographic map 1:50 000, Mowbray #Chief Directorate Surveys and Mapping# 2002