Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve

Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

The 200ha Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve is a wetland, river system and estuary near Muizenberg on the False Bay coast. The reserve, which was formally proclaimed in 2006, represents the last functional estuary on the False Bay coastline. As such, it functions as a fish hatchery, nursery and habitat for many animals, especially birds. Many endangered species also find refuge at Zandvlei.

Visitors are encouraged to take the 1.5km circular walk, along which picnic tables and two bird hides have been erected. Information posters aid in identification and will help to broaden your knowledge of endemic birds and animals found here. Zandvlei offers a fun outing for children and nature lovers. There is also an environmental education centre in the reserve.

Contact Cape Town Tourism for opening hours which change from time to time, or visit the reserve’s web page. Entrance is free.

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Southern Suburbs

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St James

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Llandudno and Sandy Bay

Only 18km from the Cape Town city centre, an arc of fine white sand gives away the secluded location of one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches, Llandudno.


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