The Koeberg Nature Reserve is a private reserve of 3000 ha around the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station. In keeping with Eskom's environmental policy it was opened to the public in 1991.
Two major veld types are represented on the reserve - West Coast Strandveld and dune veld and the reserve plays a vital part in the conservation of them.
The Grysbok, Steenbok and Duiker are buck species which occur naturally in the area while the Bontebok and Springbok have been introduced.
The area's largest predator in the Koeberg Nature Reserve, is the Caracal (rooikat) while the elusive African wild cat, grey mongoose and genet can also be seen.
The most common reptiles are the Cape Cobra (geelslang), Mole snake, Boomslang, Skaapsteker and the angulated tortoise.
Birding enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the reserve has an abundant birdlife with 153 species recorded to date, including the Ostrich, African Fish Eagle and Cape Penduline Tit.
There are two hiking trails on the reserve.
The Dikkop Trail is a 13 km circular walk including a 2km walk along the beach. The walk is most spectacular in spring when the wild flowers along the route are in bloom.
The Grysbok Trail is a two hour walk starting at the Visitor Centre and includes a stretch along the beach, which is a restricted area because it is the breeding site of a variety of birds including the endangered Black Oystercatcher.
This walk also passes a salt marsh which is rich in birdlife in the winter months.
t: 021) 550-4021 (office hours)
Sunrise to sunset every day
How to get there:
The reserve is accessible from R27 to Veldddrift, between the Duynefontein and Atlantis turn-offs.
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