Wolfgat Nature Reserve, covering 248 hectares, was declared a reserve in 1986. It protects spectacular coastal limestone cliffs along Baden Powell Drive. Still covered with Cape Flats Dune Strandveld vegetation, this reserve conserves more than 150 different plant species. Evergreen shrubs, annual and perennial Daisies, Vygies and Arum Lilies are common. A colony of Kelp Gulls nest on the limestone cliffs and African Black Oystercatchers scurry along the rocky and sandy shores.
Alien Rooikrans (Acacia cyclops) has invaded large areas of the False Bay coast. Wolfgat Nature Reserve works with youth organisations in Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain, supporting youth development through conservation activities such as beach and litter clean-ups. The reserve was one of the pilot sites for the Cape Flats Nature project.
Wolfgat is named after the Brown Hyena or Strandwolf, which occurred in Cape Town as recently as the 1840s. A fossil den site of a brown hyena was found in the Wolfgat cliffs in 1962, dating back to about 45 000 years ago.
OPENING HOURS: 07h30–16h00 (weekdays), closed weekends
SIZE: 248 ha
ENTRY FEE: none
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES: picnicking, fishing at designated areas (permit required), coastal birds, and swimming
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: an education officer will assist schools with field trips for groups of 30–40 learners. Larger groups can take part in special programmes like coastal hikes and clean-up campaigns.
CONTACT: Tel 021 371 5141; Fax 021 374 1910;