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Information on Velddrif, Western Cape, South Africa

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Velddrif is located approximately 145 kilometres north of Cape Town, and is connected to Cape Town by the R27 road. The R27 joins the R399 at Velddrif. It is situated near the point that the meandering Berg River flows into the sea at St. Helena Bay. This estuary is an important bird habitat, home to around 30,000 birds. Well over 350 different species of birds can be seen here as it is a habitat for sea, river and land birds.

Velddrif was named by Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama and is an important fishing centre, providing support for the local economy. Velddrif is known for its crayfish, snoek and anchovies. St Helena Bay has the highest concentration of fish processing factories in South Africa. The eleven factories situated within the region are responsible for over half of the fish that is produced in South Africa annually. The cray fishing industry at Velddrif was set up in 1915.

The town attracts a number of tourists, especially for its wildlife, fishing, yachting and its art galleries, which represents the work of over 100 artists and craftsmen in the area. Birdwatching is a significant component of the town's tourism sector as the Berg River Estuary that the town is situated next to is famous as a rare bird hotspot with over 200 species found in the 24,000 hectare wetland.

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