South Africa :: Western Cape (Peninsula)
Category: Attraction :: Protected Area
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Zandvlei is the only functioning estuary on the False Bay Coastline and supports a variety of indigenous fish. Juvenile marine fish use the estuary as a nursery, where they can grow in safety. Southern Mullet, Leervis, White Steenbras, White and Cape Stumpnose are still present in this estuary. Wetlands like Zandvlei are important habitats for birds of which there are about 150 species including African Fish Eagles, Great Crested Grebe, Caspian terns, ducks, coots, herons, ibis, pelicans, kingfishers, swallows and weavers. 21 species of indigenous reptiles have been recorded in the reserve including Marsh Terrapin, brown water snake, angulate tortoise and many more. There are about 210 indigenous plant species from 4 endangered vegetation types found at Zandvlei. Cape Clawless otters, water mongoose, small grey mongoose, porcupines and grysbok also occur here. Zandvlei is also a recreational area at Lakeside, where windsurfers entertain picnickers with their antics. It is one of the most accessible reserves as it is next to Lakeside Station and close to the M5. There is a circular path which takes visitors to a lookout point to view the water body, two bird hides and many picnic benches. The reserve is open Monday to Friday from 07:30 to 16:00 but closed on weekends except for quarterly open days - for more info on these and special projects see the Zandvlei Trust website. Environmental Education: Environmental Education Officer Mark Arendse offers school group outings and varied workshops and lessons that can be integrated into the school curriculum. These need to be booked in advance. Friends Group: The Zandvlei Trust supports the Reserve and surrounding natural areas by starting special projects such as fund raising, awareness, hack groups to clear alien vegetation, rehabilitation by planting indigenous species in disturbed areas, litter cleanup days, plays, talks etc.
|Address :||Off Coniston Avenue, Retreat, 7945, Marina Da Gama, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Contact :||Cassandra Sheasby|
|Tel :||+27(0)21 701 7542|
|Fax :||+27(0)21 701 7542|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Comments :||No Entrance Fees|
|Notes on Activities:||(Some activities may be offered nearby).|
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