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De Mond Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 218 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



Overberg District Municipality

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 218 Google reviews

Nadine James

2 months ago


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

Lucinda Hertzog

5 months ago


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.

Jack Basson

2 months ago


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

mohammed patel

8 months ago


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.

Cheryl Thorburn

2 weeks ago


Wow,wow,wow - what a hidden gem. Completed the Sterna Trail and felt so privileged to walk along this sea shore for kilometers, hearing and seeing whales breaching, watching sea gulls and cormorants - idyllic!

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