Silvermine River Wetlands

Between the rustic suburb of Clovelly and the seaside village of Fish Hoek, lie the Silvermine River Wetlands. This rehabilitated floodplain is home to many recently-introduced indigenous plants while there is plenty of species that are still being discovered.

There is a distinct amphibian population in this Western Cape nature reserve that includes the arum lily frog, the Cape river frog, the clicking stream frog and the endangered western leopard toad. The encroaching bulrushes have stymied the population of waders although there are still some 50 species that live in the area. Otters swim through the waters while porcupine, grysbok and water mongoose can sometimes be spotted.

Highlights:

  • Broad amphibian population that includes the dangerous western leopard toad
  • Mammals include otters, porcupines, water mongoose and grysbok
  • Look out for around 50 species of bird such as painted snipe, Ethiopian snipe and various waders

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Silvermine River Wetlands

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