The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Kommetjie

Afrikaans name: Kommetjie

A stunning sunset at Kommetjie

Stunning sunset at Kommetjie

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Western Cape

Kommetjie is a small town of approximately 3000 residents that lies south of Cape Town. It is situated on the western side of the Cape Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean.

Surfing is a popular sport at Kommetjie as well as crayfishing. The shoreline is very rocky in parts and has large concentrations of kelp.

In 1990 a ship called Kakapo ran aground between Kommetjie and Noordhoek. The remains of the ship can still be seen today.

The local lighthouse is known as Slangkop lighthouse. This means 'snake hill' in English. Construction of the 33 metre tall lighthouse was delayed by the First World War so it was only completed in 1919.

Milkwood trees are common in this area which also boasts sections of fynbos. The area offers some good birding opportunities.

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The shipwrecked vessel Kakapo near Kommetjie

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References and further reading

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Published: 1983 - Page: 68

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 24

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 32

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 34

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 104

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 12

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 19

Getaway - Vol 31 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 62

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 84

Country Life - Issue 230 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 34

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 21

Country Life - Issue 282 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 63

Country Life - Issue 268 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 96


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