Cacadu

The Cacadu District The Cacadu District, which was formerly the Western district, covers the rural western areas of the province. This district is the largest of the districts and has an area of 58, 242 square kilometers. The coastal parts of the district have temperate winter rainfall, with around 500 -700 mm of rain per year. The Tsitsikamma and Baviaans parks lie in the west of the district close to the Western Cape. The interior of the Cacadu District is mainly dry Karoo and grasslands comprised of commercial farms. In spite of the barren interior, the Sundays and Fish Rivers maintain large irrigated farming and these rivers are supplied by water from the Orange River. The only eco-system not found in the Cacadu District is the true desert. The district is one of the finest game viewing areas in South Africa. It is the place where major cultures in South Africa came into contact. Grahamstown is home to Rhodes University and the National Arts Festival. Cacadu is home to the Addo Elephant Park. The district has a marine protected area stretching 120 000ha across the Indian Ocean, and acts as a southern extension of the Addo elephant Park, and so Cacadu is home to the world´s first "big seven" game reserve. Cacadu is also home to the world´s highest commercial bungy jump, the first tree top canopy tour in South Africa, the highest narrow gauge bridge in the world. Cacadu has more 363, 585 people living there, which is the second smallest population of the districts. There are only 6 people living in the rural district per square kilometer, as the people living on the coast and more inland are often 100´s of kilometers apart. This district has many coloureds living there, and Africans in the majority, and a higher number of whites living there than in other districts. The main language in the towns is Afrikaans. The Cacadu district is ranked as the third largest economy of all the districts. Agriculture dominates the districts economy, and there is also small-stock farming in the interior. Cacadu is the centre of the wool and mohair industry in the Eastern Cape. Cattle and dairy farming is strong around Grahamstown, Cookhouse, Alexandria and Humansdorp. There is citrus farming from the Sundays and Fish Rivers. From St. Francis there is a small fishing industry centered on rock lobster. Tourism is well developed in Cacadu and there is a group of tourism routes established in the district. Popular tourism attractions include Jeffrey´s Bay and Port Alfred.