Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve


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  • Aquatic Habitat
  • Bird And Wildlife Watching
  • Eco-Tour Nature Walk
  • Park Recreation Area

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021 444 1485
Entry Fee
  • Children welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible


Coniston Avenue, Marina Da Gama, Steenberg

Zandvlei is a recreational area at Lakeside in Cape Town, popular with windsurfers and picnickers. Zandvlei is the only functioning estuary on the False Bay coast, and supports a variety of indigenous fish.

This is one of the most accessible reserves, located next to Lakeside Station and close to Main Road. The Zandvlei Environmental Education Centre on the northern side can be reached from Steenberg Station or Coniston Avenue, off Military Road in Marina da Gama.

Juvenile marine fish use the estuary as a nursery, where they can grow in safety. It is important that the estuary mouth is open for at least a part of the year, to enable young fish to enter the estuary and older fish to return to the ocean.

Activities and Facilities:

  • Jetty
  • Bird hides
  • Picnic sites
  • Boating
  • Walking
  • Windsurfing

Opening Hours:

  • Weekdays: 07:30-16:00
  • Weekends: Closed

Environmental Education:

Zandvlei Environmental Education Centre is within walking distance of Steenberg Station, and offers field trips for primary school learners.

The Friends of the Zandvlei Trust help with conservation, education and awareness projects.


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