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IMPORTANT WETLANDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: Western Cape


Map of the wetlands in Western Cape
Wetland Comments Rivers  and streams
Berg River Estuary At Velddrif (Laaiplek) Berg River
Betty's Bay Wetlands Betty's Bay
Bot River Estaury Between Kleinmond and Hermanus Bot River
Breede River Estuary Witsand is on the eastern bank at the mouth and Infanta at the western bank. Breede River
Clanwilliam Dam - palmiet wetland below the dam At Clanwilliam. Olifants River
De Hoop Vlei Near Bredasdorp. RAMSAR No. 34. Wetlands International Site Reference No. 1ZA001
De Mond (Heuningnes estuary) Near Bredasdorp. RAMSAR No. 342. Wetlands International Site Reference No. 1ZA003 Heuningnes River
Diep River Estuary & Rietvlei At Milnerton/Table View Diep River
Duiwenshok Estuary   Duiwenshok River
Eerste River Estuary (Kuils River) At Maccassar on the Cape Flats. Eerste- Kuils Rivers
Goukou River Estuary At Stilbaai (South of Riversdal) Goukou River
Gouritz River Estuary At Gouritzmond, west of Vlees Bay. Gouritz River.
Groenvlei Between Knysna and Sedgefield  
Groot Brak Estuary At Groot Brak, between Mossel Bay and George. Groot Brak River
Groot Rondevlei Betty's Bay  
Hartenbos Estuary At Hartenbos. East of Mossel bay. Hartenbos River
Hout Bay River Estuary At Hout Bay Hout Bay River
Jakkalsvlei The "mouth" (not reaching the sea) is approximately 50 km south of the Olifants River mouth. Jakkals River
Kaaimans River Estuary West of  Wilderness. Kaaimans River
Keurbooms River Estaury At Keurbooms/Plettenberg Bay. Keurbooms River 
Klein Brak Estuary At Klein Brak, between Mossel bay and George. Klein Brak River.
Klein River Estuary At Hermanus (east of town) Klein River 
Knysna Estuary At Knysna Knysna River
Langebaan West coast of South Africa, 100 km northwest of Cape Town. RAMSAR No. 398. Wetlands International Site Reference No. 1ZA007
Lourens River Estuary Strand/Somerset West Lourens River
Noordhoek Wetlands At Kommetjie/Noordhoek
Olifants River Estuary The Olifants Estuary (31º 42’ S; 18º 12’ E) is situated about 250 km northwest of Cape Town.  The nearest towns are Lutzville and Vredendal, with the seaside resort of Strandfontein only 8 km south of the estuary. Olifants River 
Onrus River Estuary At Onrus, west of Hermanus. Onrus River
Palmiet River Estuary At Kleinmond Palmiet River
Papkuils River Estuary (Rocher Pan) This small river, approximately 20 km north of the Berg River mouth, is the feeder for the Rocher Pan Nature Reserve (also referred to as The Vlei) Papkuils River 
Ratel River Estuary East of Gansbaai. Ratel River 
Verlorenvlei 25 km north of Lambert's Bay on the west coast. RAMSAR No. 525. Wetlands International Site Reference No. 1ZA009 Verlorenvlei River
Wadrif Salt Pan The mouth of the Langvlei River is approximately 60 km south of the Olifants River mouth. This river ends in the Wadrif Salt Pan. Langvlei River.
Wilderness Lakes East of George and 30 km west of Knysna on the south coast . RAMSAR No. 524. Wetlands International Site Reference No. 1ZA008 Touws River
Wildevoël Vlei At Kommetjie.  
Zandvlei At Muizenberg
Zeekoevlei Cape Peninsula (Muizenberg)  
Zoar Vlei At Milnerton/Paardeneiland.

Useful links
The Ramsar Convention of Wetlands
The Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance

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