Pristine coastal wilderness in the south-western Cape
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.
To find out more, download the De Mond Nature Reserve brochure.
How to get there
From Cape Town, take the N2 to Caledon, before turning off on to the R316 to Bredasdorp. From Bredasdorp, the reserve can be approached from either the R319 to Struisbaai, or the R316 to Arniston. De Mond is approximately 200km from Cape Town.
GPS: 34 42 36.81 S 20 06 17.41 E
Office hours: 07:30–16:00
Telephone: Tel: (028) 425 1242/(028) 424 2170
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
An absolute gem! After a few well placed visits i can happily say i will be back again and again! this place is truly one of the best kept secrets of The Cape!
Awesome staff, accommodation and one of the best and most pristine estuary system i have ever seen!
Paid a quick visit to De Mond Nature Reserve after a visit to Agulhas. I was blown away by the beauty of estuary. A true gem and I take my hat off to Cape Nature for their rehabilitation efforts here. A lovely walk on the boardwalk, serene picnic spots. I will be back.
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