The Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve
This 1 700 hectare reserve consists of two vegetation types including the
endangered Cape Flats dune strandveld and the critically endangered Atlantis
sand fynbos. Generally both these vegetation types are poorly conserved.
Underground is a natural aquifer, from which water is extracted and converted into
potable (drinking) water for the surrounding communities of Atlantis, Mamre and
Pella. Atlantis, with a significant residential population and many industries, requires
a steady freshwater supply. This is met by the area’s natural coastal aquifer,
recharged urban storm water runoff and treated wastewater. Pond 7, Witzands
Aquifer Nature Reserve’s largest man-made water body, is a recharge pond
managed by the City of Cape Town Atlantis Water Scheme. The scheme works
closely with Biodiversity Management staff in the area to protect and enhance the
unique biodiversity found here.
The non-vegetated mobile dunes and rocky outcrops are two outstanding features
of the nature reserve. The dunes cover an area of approximately 400 hectares.
Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve is part of the southern core of the Cape West Coast
A nature reserve should be dedicated firstly to protecting nature, and secondly to allowing people to interact with it. We were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to quad bike the dunes and later that same day we drove the dunes in a 4 x 4. Both experiences was exhilarating in it’s own way. Their also offer sand boarding but that was fully booked at the time, so I will park that one on my bucketlist for now.
Opening hours: The reserve is open from 07h00 – 19h00
Sun & Public holiday 08h00-12h30
Tel: 021 444 7687