What to Do
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 and map below.
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: 07h30–16h00, weekdays only.
07h30 – 16h00, weekdays
07h30 – 17h00, weekends and public holidays.
Please note that day visitors must exit the nature reserve by 16h00 on weekdays and 17h00 on weekends and public holidays.
De Mond Nature Reserve - Tel: 087 087 3931
Day Access = R50; Overnight fee = R40
Day Access = R30; Overnight fee = R20
De Mond Nature Reserve Filming
De Mond is 954 hectare coastal nature reserve on the south-western Cape coast, between the seaside villages of Arniston and Struisbaai.
It is a sanctuary for marine life and seabirds, while the floral character of De Mond is dominated by coastal vegetation, ranging from dune milkwood forests to salt marshes teeming with life.
Filming is allowed on all areas of De Mond Nature Reserve, except for breeding and roosting sites.
World Ranger Day
World Ranger Day is celebrated worldwide on July 31st to commemorate Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and to celebrate the work that rangers do to protect the planet’s natural treasures and cultural heritage. The day allows us to reflect on the courage and sacrifices rangers must make to ensure that the conservation of our biodiversity is preserved for future generations.