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De Mond Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 202 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

Shops

None

Overberg District Municipality

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 202 Google reviews

mohammed patel

3 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.

Gadija Moos

in the last week

5

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

Marquerite Van Wyk

2 months ago

5

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

Jan Pretorius

3 months ago

4

Nature's bounty Please visit: YOUTUBE rsawalkabout

Daniel Lategan

2 months ago

5

Nice day outside in nature, and good walk.

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087 087 3931

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