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, weekdays.

Gate hours:

  • Monday to Friday – 07:00 – 16:00, visitors must exit by 18:00. No permits are issued after 16:00 therefore no visitors allowed to enter the reserve after 16:00.
  • Saturday and Sunday – 07:00 – 18:00.

Telephone: Tel: (028) 425 1242/(028) 424 2170
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190