De Mond – the best kept secret of the Overberg

by CapeNature

With an undisturbed view of the Heuningnes River and the sounds of a myriad of bird species to keep you company, De Mond Nature Reserve can be considered one of the best kept secrets of the Overberg.

De Mond Nature Reserve

As the name suggests, De Mond is a coastal nature reserve situated at the mouth of the Heuningnes River, just 26km away from the town of Bredasdorp. At only 954 hectares, De Mond is considered one of the smaller protected areas in CapeNature’s arsenal, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty.

The De Mond cottage is a charming self-catering cottage is nestled in the reserve’s milkwood trees and coastal fynbos. The cottage is fully equipped, with three rooms that can sleep six guests. With a cosy fireplace and outdoor braai, it’s a perfect spot all year round.

De Mond Cottage, De Mond Nature Reserve, CapeNature

De Mond Cottage, De Mond Nature Reserve, CapeNature

While it’s not just beautiful, De Mond is a very highly rated spot for some bird watching. And it’s not just us who think so. Dawid and Caren Malan of the BirdLife Overberg committee visited the reserve in 2014 and went home with some amazing pictures of their feathered friends.

A few rare species have also been spotted at De HMond. Earlier this year three extremely rare broad-billed sandpipers were spotted, while there were also sightings of the Greater Sand Plover, American Golden Plover, Pacific Golden Plover and White-rumped Sandpiper.

De Mond

 

Day 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.

To book a stay at De Mond call 021 483 0190 or email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za.

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