Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve (also spelt "Sandvlei") is a 300-hectare (740-acre) nature reserve and recreational area located in Cape Town, South Africa.
Entering the ocean in the suburb of Muizenberg, Zandvlei is the only functioning estuary on Cape Town’s False Bay coast, open to the Atlantic Ocean throughout winter and in summer the mouth is manually closed by a sand bar to contain the water, and is opened monthly for a few days at full moon to maintain salinity levels and then closed again. It is also one of the most important estuaries for recruitment of fish such as garrick, steenbras and two species of stumpnose.
|Monday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||7:30 AM – 4:00 PM|
David Levy | Apr 6, 2018
The nature reserve needs to work on its picnic areas and the parking The area need to be more inviting to the public who would then probably be more active in reporting the scumbay poachers
Robyn Connolly | Dec 15, 2017
Beautiful drive to there... As well as they offer a hall that they hire out for occasional like 21st etc. Great setting in the hall fabulous environment and a great open place for kids to enjoy themselves as well as parents. I say very safe and secure for sure.
Paul morris | Apr 6, 2018
Ultimate venue for kontiki. Calm waters to learn basic water sports or hang out
Jan Pretorius | Feb 6, 2018
ESTUARY SANCTUARY Entering the ocean in the suburb of Muizenberg, Zandvlei is the only functioning estuary on Cape Town’s False Bay coast. It is also one of the most important estuaries for recruitment of fish such as garrick, steenbras and two species of stumpnose. The surrounding wetland is an important habitat for birds and has 166 species on its official list. It is also a vital habitat for amphibians and about 20 species of reptile such as the angulate tortoise, marsh terrapin, mole snake and brown water snake. Porcupines, grysbok, otters and mongoose can also occasionally be spotted. The plant life is typical of Cape Flats Dune Strandveld and Cape Wetland vegetation. Rare or interesting plants include Gladiolus angustus and Salvia africana-lutea. The estuary was neglected in the past, and suffered from farming, urban development, dredging and the introduction of alien invasive species. The original vegetation has been partly restored through local government and volunteer efforts. There is now an Environmental Education Centre and the reserve is home to the Imperial Yacht Club and Peninsula Canoe Club. SCOUTS South Africa operate their Sea Scout base from there, conducting sailing and rowing regattas there, in addition to various training courses and the annual Kon-Tiki raft building competition. Fishing is popular, with many large garrick having been landed. A standard fishing permit is required
Joelene Snyders | Mar 31, 2018
Great camping spots, no loud music allowed and beautiful views.
Calvin van der Merwe | Jul 21, 2018
I enjoyed visiting the healthy wetland area to the north-west, which was quite active with regard to biodiversity. Saw plenty of spoor and birdlife - generally a good sign. I hope that at some point a policy can be put in place to reduce pollution coming in from the contributing rivers, however that may be difficult to manage. Look forward to the next visit Zandvlei!
Margaret Smith | Jul 10, 2018
Beautiful day for a walk. Lots of birds. Did not really have time to explore. Very peaceful
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