Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve

Your adventure outing rambles up the longest historic Bluegum tree lane in South Africa and speeds down white Atlantis sand dunes.

Located on the West Coast Way Culture RouteWitzand Aquifer Nature Reserve

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West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

The Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve was established to protect the Atlantis Aquifer, the main water supply for Atlantis, Mamre and Pella. Find the Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve on the West Coast WayCulture Route.

Atlantis was established during the 1970s by the Apartheid government and is a reminder of the strength of the human spirit that oppression cannot destroy. Atlantis is a unique fusion of  industry, conservation and heritage and is internationally recognized as pioneering the underground storage of treated wastewater hereby increasing local water supplies. Of historic importance is the longest Bluegum tree lane in South Africa which forms the approach into the town from the N7, along the R304.

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The Witzand conservation area consists of two priority nature sites: the Silwerstroomstrand Conservation Area and the Atlantis Dunefields. Under protection are two endangered vegetation types; Atlantis San Fynbos as well as Cape Flats Dune Strandveld. The local landscape consists of sandy beaches, rocky shorelines and outcrops, as well as mobile dunes. Among the many animals that can be found in this reserve is the globally threatened Black Harrier, the Caracal, the Steenbok, the Cape Grysbok and a variety of other mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.

The Atlantis Dunefields are not only visually stunning, they provide spectacular views of Table Mountain on clear days and are the perfect location to do some 4X4 training or sand-boarding, and regular guided adventure outings are often held here. Several tour operators offer packages that include transport, boards, wax, and guidance.

Find the Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve on the West Coast WayCulture Route.

Distance from Cape Town: 48km

Where: R307, off the R27

Coordinates: 33.37.34.95 S and 18.26.33.47 E

 Interesting things to do and see at Atlantis:

  • Nature and conservation: Atlantis is part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere and links to Silverstream Beach making it an ecological biodiversity hotspot as it is in this area that two biomes, the Strandveld and Renosterveld, are converging
  • Birding: various ponds here are located on the migratory route
  • Visit Darling
  • Visit West Coast National Park
  • Visit culturally rich Mamre
  • Camp Hill Village – community and sustainable farming tourism experience
  • Visit Cape Town Ostrich Ranch
  • Fun adventure tourism: Atlantis Witzand Dunes and Skydiving at the Flying Club

Witzand Aquifer Nature Reserve

Road-Trip-Southern-Africa-West-Coast-Way-Routes

West Coast Way is South Africa’s road trip with the most twists. Explore a unique collection of 101 road trip stops along themed routes by planning a self-drive trip or guided tour for a nature and adventure-filled Cape West Coast vacation. The new West Coast Way “basket” of free routes on offer include the West Coast Way Tractor Route, the West Coast Way Berg Route, the West Coast Way Foodie Route, the West Coast Way Cultural Route, the West Coast Way Wild Route – as well as the newly launched Cape Way Route – all of which are designed to showcase the many attractions and activities that are already on offer on the Cape West Coast and inland areas – but may be unknown to many.

For more information on West Coast Way, the other routes on offer, and the list of 101 Things to Do on the West Coast visit westcoastway.co.za or call West Coast Way on 0861 321 777. Connect with West Coast Way on Facebook and Twitter at WestCoastWaySA.

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