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De Mond Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 216 Google reviews

A sunset over a beach
A sunset over a beach

About the garden

De Mond is a beautiful coastal nature reserve at the mouth of the Heuningnes River. It lies about 26km south-east of Bredasdorp on the south-western Cape coast, between Arniston and Struisbaai and is a World Heritage Site.

The reserve’s 954 hectares include former sections of Zoetendals Vallei and Bushy Park farms. De Mond was established as a nature reserve in 1986, and it is still a popular spot for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts today.

Visitors can enjoy a peaceful picnic under shady trees along the banks of the river, or explore the reserve on one of the beautiful hiking trails. The 7km Sterna Trail, for example, winds through riverine vegetation, dune forest and stabilised dunes before following the coast to the river mouth and saltmarshes. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy De Mond’s prime freshwater and marine angling spots.

Cars are not allowed past the parking area. Please do not disturb nesting birds, and keep to specified paths to avoid trampling vegetation.

Opening times

07h30 to 18h00

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site

Shops

None

Overberg District Municipality

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 216 Google reviews

Jack Basson

2 weeks ago

5

Beautiful coastal nature reserve. 15km hike to Arniston or Struisbaai. Awesome beaches with many special shells. You can also fish here.

Nadine James

a month ago

5

We went on a wonderful hike through fynbos and along the coast. Untouched, beautiful nature. Especially recommended for birders.

Lucinda Hertzog

3 months ago

5

Only for those who love solitude & a day out including a 3 km walk to reach the beach. Wide open spaces. Escape from everything that reminds you of sivilization.

mohammed patel

7 months ago

5

A beautiful nature reserve. Great facilities. Friendly and helpful staff. Lots to do and see. BUT, be prepared for at least a 30-40 min drive on the gravel road to get there. There are 2 x gravel roads to the reserve, approximately both the same distance. Choosing which one, Depends on your itinerary . Approx 2.5 hours from Cape Town.

Jan Heerkens

a month ago

5

Nice Nature Reserve for hikes, watching seals, beach walks and fishing. Beautiful colours in plants, flowers and sea weed. We saw a whale, drying out. Stranded in October 2021.

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