Koeberg Nature Reserve

  Caitlin von Witt     2020-10-20

The Koeberg Nature Reserve, which surrounds the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, was proclaimed in 1991. It is a well-managed reserve, with an active alien-clearing programme, and protects Cape Flats Dune Strandveld, wetlands and Atlantis Sand Fynbos. So far, 301 plant species have been identified here. Trails lead to the beach, where white mussels (Donax serra) and plough snails (Bullia sp.) can be seen. The reserve is about 3 000 ha in extent, with a spectacular display of wild flowers in spring.

There is an abundance of introduced wildlife, such as springbok, bontebok, blue wildebeest, zebra and eland. There are occasional sightings of the African wild cat (Felis libyca), small grey mongoose (Galerella pulverulenta), genet (Genetta sp.) and caracal (Felis caracal). The area is also home to the angulate tortoise (Chersina angulata) and a variety of other reptiles, and as many as 197 different bird species.

For more information, phone 021 550 4021/553 2466, e-mail gert.greeff@eskom.co.za, or visit www.eskom.co.za


Source: City of Cape Town (2010) City of Cape Town nature reserves: A network of amazing biodiversity. City of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.