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De Mond Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 236 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 236 Google reviews

Gadija Moos

a year ago


Beautiful nature reserve, Well Done to Cape Nature, the reserve has 2 short hikes, a 7km hike, called Stern Trail, circular route and then there's one that takes you down to the Ocean, you'll come across a dead whale, there's a river for fishing, for swimming a picnic area with tables and chairs, boardwalk that leads to a Lookout point, stunning views, very peaceful, neat and clean ablution facilities, covid protocols are in place, no mask, no entry, sanitizing, signing in your family and getting your brochure, Had a wonderful day outdoors with the family

Jan Heerkens

10 months ago


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.

Dagmar gleiss-forcioli

a week ago


The estuary of the Heuningnes rivier is absolutely worth visiting. It is pristine,.the reception is personal and smiling, we met a person helping to pick up any litter, a group was birding. A couple was fishing, others again hiking the boardwalk and through the stunning white dunes, a family rested under the milkwoods. An excellent experience ..

Ipeleng Penyenye

5 months ago


Great spot, lively views, spectacular, clean beach. We walked the 7k circular route. Doesn't require high fitness and really a lovely, peaceful experience. Enjoyed the beach walk after the bush. Only snag was that it's easy to get lost from the beach to the path back to reception. We had to call for a little assistance. Finished off by going up to the lookout point. Great experience for my family and I.

Marquerite Van Wyk

a year ago


A must for the nature lover. Absolutely beautiful. Well kept and reserved. Stunning lookout points. Employees very helpfull. Will definately visit again.

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