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Perched on a sand dune overlooking a pristine stretch of coastline, this rustic beach cabin offers a unique getaway. Approximately half way between Struisbaai and Arniston, this glamping-style accommodation borders De Mond Nature Reserve. If you are seeking time out and an escape from the rush of the modern world, this is the place to recharge your batteries – it is food for the soul and a space to reconnect with nature. Surrounded by fynbos, the cabin offers peace and solitude, birding, walks, surf fishing, trail running and off-road bike rides.  A 1km walk through the fynbos down to the beach. And 3km along the beach will bring you to “De Mond”, the mouth and pristine estuary of the Heuningnes River – one of the best kept secrets of the Western Cape.

Cabin includes

  • Accommodation for 4-6 persons (two sets of bunk beds and one set of twin beds)
  • Crockery and cutlery provided
  • Gas fridge
  • Gas hob – 2 plate cooker
  • Built-in braai area
  • Paraffin lamps
  • Outdoor (undercover) braai
  • Outside flushing toilet
  • Outdoor “solar” shower
  • 4×4 or a 2×4 vehicle is necessary to access the Cabin (road not suitable for a sedan vehicle)
  • Wood is provided for the donkey
  • NO ELECTRICITY – The Cabin is off the grid

Cabin Floorplan

What to bring

  • Bedding (pillows & sleeping bags)
  • Towels
  • Cooler Boxes & ice
  • Brikettes / charcoal / wood
  • Umbrella
  • Torch
  • Binoculars
  • Books – birding, fynbos, reading
  • Board games, cards, beach bats
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Fishing Gear
  • Hiking / walking shoes

Note: Drinking water and some firewood is provided for donkey / boiler

Linen: By special request only

Permit:  The Cabin borders De Mond Nature Reserve and permits needs to be obtained from Cape Nature to access the beach We obtain the permit on your behalf. Should the booking be cancelled once the permit has been obtained (5 days before date of arrival) – you are liable for costs incurred.

Rates:  from R1900 (Please note rates differ in peak season) and a 50% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm a booking

No Smoking: Smoking is NOT is permitted in the Cabin. Guests need to be aware of the potential of fire hazards with cigarettes

No Pets:  We regret no pets allowed

Gas Fridges: Gas fridges take longer to chill; we suggest you bring cold/frozen items and an extra cooler box of ice.

Flora – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Threatened Birds – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

English Name Scientific Name South African Conservation Status IUCN Conservation Status
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus Endangered Vulnerable
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus Endangered Vulnerable
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus Least Concern Near Threatened
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber Least Concern Near Threatened
African Marsh-Harrier Circus ranivorus Least Concern Vulnerable
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis Near Threatened Near Threatened
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Near Threatened Null
Denham’s Bustard Neotis denhami Near Threatened Vulnerable
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus Near Threatened Vulnerable
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus Vulnerable Vulnerable
Cape Gannet Morus capensis Vulnerable Vulnerable
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres Vulnerable Vulnerable

Reptilian Species – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Species English Name
Agama atra atra Southern rock agama
Bitis arietans arietans Puff adder
Chersina angulata Angulate tortoise
Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia Herald snake
Dasypeltis scabra Common egg eater
Dispholidus typus typus Boomslang
Homoroselaps lacteus Spotted harlequin snake
Lamprophis inornatus Olive house snake
Naja nivea Cape cobra
Pelomedusa subrufa Marsh terrapin
Psammophis notostictus Karoo Whip Snake
Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus Spotted skaapsteker
Pseudaspis cana Mole snake
Scelotes bipes Silvery dwarf burrowing skink
Trachylepis capensis Cape skink

Terrestrial Mammal Species – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Common name (as per Skinner & Chimimba, 2005) TaxonName
African clawless otter Aonyx capensis
African striped weasel Poecilogale albinucha
African Wild Cat Felis silvestris
Black-backed jackal Canis mesomelas
Brants’ climbing mouse Dendromus mesomelas
Cape dune molerat Bathyergus suillus
Cape fox Vulpes chama
Cape gerbil Tatera afra
Cape golden mole Chrysochloris asiatica
Cape grey mongoose Galerella pulverulenta pulverulenta
Cape grysbok Raphicerus melanotis
Cape hare Lepus capensis
Cape molerat Georychus capensis
Cape water rat Dasymys capensis
Caracal Caracal caracal
Chacma baboon Papio ursinus ursinus
Common duiker Sylvicapra grimmia grimmia
Forest shrew Myosorex varius
Greater red musk shrew Crocidura flavescens
Grey climbing mouse Dendromus melanotis
Grey rhebok Pelea capreolus
Honey badger Mellivora capensis
Krebs’ fat mouse Steatomys krebsii
Kudu Tragelaphus strepsiceros strepsiceros
Large grey mongoose Herpestes ichneumon
Leopard Panthera pardus
Lesser dwarf shrew Suncus varilla
Marsh mongoose Atilax paludinosus
Porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis
Pygmy mouse Mus minutoides
Reddish-grey musk shrew Crocidura cyanea
Rock dassie Procavia capensis
Scrub hare Lepus saxatilis
Small-spotted genet Genetta genetta felina
South African large-spotted genet Genetta tigrina tigrina
Steenbok Raphicerus campestris
Striped mouse Rhabdomys pumilio
Striped polecat Ictonyx striatus
Verreaux’s mouse Myomyscus verreauxii
Vlei rat Otomys irroratus
Yellow mongoose Cynictis penicillata
Common name (as per Skinner & Chimimba, 2005) TaxonName
Cape horseshoe bat Rhinolophus capensis
Cape serotine bat Neoromicia capensis
Egyptian free-tailed bat Tadarida aegyptiaca
Egyptian slit-faced bat Nycteris thebaica
Egyptian fruit bat Rousettus aegyptiacus
Geoffroy’s horseshoe bat Rhinolophus clivosus
Long-tailed serotine bat Eptesicus hottentotus
Schreiber’s long-fingered bat Miniopterus schreibersii
Temminck’s hairy bat Myotis tricolor
Common name (as per Skinner & Chimimba, 2005) TaxonName
Arnoux’s beaked whale Berardius arnuxii
Atlantic Ocean bottlenosed dolphin Tursiops truncatus
Bryde’s whale Balaenoptera edeni
Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris
False killer whale Pseudorca crassidens
Humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae
Indian Ocean bottlenosed dolphin Tursiops aduncus
Indo-pacific hump-backed dolphin Sousa chinensis
Killer whale Orcinus orca
Long-beaked common dolphin Delphinus capensis
Pygmy killer whale Feresa attenuata
Pygmy right whale Caperea marginata
Pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps
Risso’s dolphin Grampus griseus
Short-beaked common dolphin Delphinus delphis
Southern bottlenose whale Hyperoodon planifrons
Southern long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas edwardii
Southern right whale Eubalaena australis
Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus
Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba
Common name (as per Skinner & Chimimba, 2005) TaxonName
Aardwolf Proteles cristatus
African buffalo Syncerus caffer caffer
Bontebok Damaliscus pygargus pygargus
Brown hyaena Parahyaena brunnea
Cape fur seal Arctocephalus pusillus pussilus
Eland Tragelaphus oryx oyx
Hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius capensis
Red hartebeest Alcelaphus buselaphus
Serval Leptailurus serval serval
Southern elephant seal Mirounga leonina
White-tailed mouse Mystromys albicaudatus

Invertebrate Species – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Species English Name
Arenicola loveni bloodworm
Ficopomatus enigmatica tube worm
Rhopalophtalamus terranatalis mysid
Penaeus japonicus ginger prawn
Palaemon pacificus sand shrimp
Callianassa kraussi burrowing sand prawn
Upogebia africana mud prawn
Diogenes brevirostris common hermit crab
Cleistostoma edwardsii crab
Cyclograpsus punctatus common shore crab
Hymenosoma orbiculare crown crab
Scylla serrata giant mud crab
Notarchus spp, sea hare
Nerita albicilla common nerite
Siphonaria oculus false limpet
Notica spp. necklace shell

Bird Species – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Bird Species

English Name Scientific Name
Acacia Pied Barbet Tricholaema leucomelas
African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini
African Grass-Owl Tyto capensis
African Darter Anhinga rufa
African Fish-Eagle Haliaeetus vocifer
African Hoopoe Upupa africana
African Marsh-Harrier Circus ranivorus
African Olive-Pigeon Columba arquatrix
African Paradise-Flycatcher Terpsiphone viridis
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
African Pipit Anthus cinnamomeus
African Sacred Ibis Threskiornis aethiopicus
African Spoonbill Platalea alba
African Stonechat Saxicola torquatus
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba
Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Banded Martin Riparia cincta
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Barn Owl Tyto alba
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Bar-throated Apalis Apalis thoracica
Black Harrier Circus maurus
Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax
Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala
Black-shouldered Kite Elanus caeruleus
Blacksmith Lapwing Vanellus armatus
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus
Bokmakierie Telophorus zeylonus
Booted Eagle Aquila pennatus
Brimstone Canary Crithagra sulphuratus
Brown-throated Martin Riparia paludicola
Cape Batis Batis capensis
Cape Bulbul Pycnonotus capensis
Cape Bunting Emberiza capensis
Cape Canary Serinus canicollis
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Cape Crow Corvus capensis
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Cape Grassbird Sphenoeacus afer
Cape Longclaw Macronyx capensis
Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra
Cape Sparrow Passer melanurus
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Cape Sugarbird Promerops cafer
Cape Teal Anas capensis
Cape Turtle-Dove Streptopelia capicola
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres
Cape Wagtail Motacilla capensis
Cape Weaver Ploceus capensis
Cape White-eye Zosterops virens
Capped Wheatear Oenanthe pileata
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia
Cardinal Woodpecker Dendropicos fuscescens
Common Fiscal Lanius collaris
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia
Common House-Martin Delichon urbicum
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris
Common Tern Sterna hirundo
Common Waxbill Estrilda astrild
Common Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus
Crowned Cormorant Phalacrocorax coronatus
Crowned Lapwing Vanellus coronatus
Curlew Sandpiper Calidris ferruginea
Damara Tern Sterna balaenarum
Denham’s Bustard Neotis denhami
Diderick Cuckoo Chrysococcyx caprius
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
Fiery-necked Nightjar Caprimulgus pectoralis
Fiscal Flycatcher Sigelus silens
Fork-tailed Drongo Dicrurus adsimilis
Giant Kingfisher Megaceryle maxima
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Greater Double-collared
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
Greater Striped Swallow Hirundo cucullata
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola
Grey-backed Cisticola Cisticola subruficapilla
Grey-headed Gull Larus cirrocephalus
Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila africanus
Hadeda Ibis Bostrychia hagedash
Hartlaub’s Gull Larus hartlaubii
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
House Sparrow Passer domesticus
Jackal Buzzard Buteo rufofuscus
Karoo Prinia Prinia maculosa
Karoo Scrub-Robin Cercotrichas coryphoeus
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus
Kittlitz’s Plover Charadrius pecuarius
Klaas’s Cuckoo Chrysococcyx klaas
Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus
Laughing Dove Streptopelia senegalensis
Lesser Sand Plover Charadrius mongolus
Lesser Swamp-Warbler Acrocephalus griseldis
Levaillant’s Cisticola Cisticola tinniens
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Little Stint Calidris minuta
Little Swift Apus affinis
Little Tern Sterna albifrons
Long-billed Crombec Sylvietta rufescens
Malachite Kingfisher Alcedo cristata
Malachite Sunbird Nectarinia famosa
Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus
Namaqua Dove Oena capensis
Neddicky Cisticola fulvicapilla
Osprey Pandion haliaetus
Pearl-breasted Swallow Hirundo dimidiata
Pied Crow Corvus albus
Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis
Pied Starling Spreo bicolor
Pin-tailed Whydah Vidua macroura
Plain-backed Pipit Anthus leucophrys
Purple Heron Ardea purpurea
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Red-eyed Dove Streptopelia semitorquata
Red-faced Mousebird Urocolius indicus
Red-winged Starling Onychognathus morio
Reed Cormorant Phalacrocorax africanus
Rock Kestrel Falco rupicolus
Rock Martin Hirundo fuligula
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Ruff Philomachus pugnax
Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk Accipiter rufiventris
Sanderling Calidris alba
Sandwich Tern Sterna sandvicensis
Sombre Greenbul Andropadus importunus
Southern Black Korhaan Afrotis afra
Southern Boubou Laniarius ferrugineus
Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus
Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix
Southern Tchagra Tchagra tchagra
Speckled Mousebird Colius striatus
Speckled Pigeon Columba guinea
Spotted Eagle-Owl Bubo africanus
Spotted Thick-knee Burhinus capensis
Spur-winged Goose Plectropterus gambensis
Steppe Buzzard Buteo vulpinus
Streaky-headed Seedeater Crithagra gularis
Sunbird Cinnyris afer
Swift Tern Sterna bergii
Terek Sandpiper Xenus cinereus
Three-banded Plover Charadrius tricollaris
Water Thick-knee Burhinus vermiculatus
Wattled Starling Creatophora cinerea
White-backed Mousebird Colius colius
White-breasted Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo
White-fronted Plover Charadrius marginatus
White-necked Raven Corvus albicollis
White-rumped Swift Apus caffer
White-throated Canary Crithagra albogularis
White-throated Swallow Hirundo albigularis
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola
Yellow Bishop Euplectes capensis
Yellow Canary Crithagra flaviventris
Yellow-billed Duck Anas undulata
Yellow-billed Egret Egretta intermedia
Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius

Threatened Birds

English Name Scientific Name
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
African Marsh-Harrier Circus ranivorus
Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus
Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus
Cape Cormorant Phalacrocorax capensis
Cape Gannet Morus capensis
Cape Vulture Gyps coprotheres
Denham’s Bustard Neotis denhami
Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus ruber
Martial Eagle Polemaetus bellicosus

Amphibians, Invertebrates & Reptiles – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include

Amphibian Species

English Name Species
Arum lily frog Hyperolius horstockii
Cape river frog Amietia fuscigula
Cape sand frog Tomopterna delalandii
Flat caco Cacosternum platys
Clicking stream frog Strongylopus grayii
Common platanna Xenopus laevis
Rattling frog Semnodactylus wealii
Raucous toad Amietophrynus rangeri
Sand rain frog Breviceps rosei

Invertebrate Species

English Name Species
Bloodworm Arenicola loveni
Burrowing sand prawn Callianassa kraussi
Common hermit crab Diogenes brevirostris
Common nerite Nerita albicilla
Common shore crab Cyclograpsus punctatus
Crab Cleistostoma edwardsii
Crown crab Hymenosoma orbiculare
False limpet Siphonaria oculus
Giant mud crab Scylla serrata
Ginger prawn Penaeus japonicus
Mud prawn Upogebia africana
Mysid Rhopalophtalamus terranatalis
Necklace shell Notica spp.
Sand shrimp Palaemon pacificus
Sea hare Notarchus spp,
Tube worm Ficopomatus enigmatica

Reptilian Species

English Name Species
Angulate tortoise Chersina angulata
Boomslang Dispholidus typus typus
Cape cobra Naja nivea
Cape skink Trachylepis capensis
Common egg eater Dasypeltis scabra
Herald snake Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia
Karoo Whip Snake Psammophis notostictus
Marsh terrapin Pelomedusa subrufa
Mole snake Pseudaspis cana
Olive house snake Lamprophis inornatus
Puff adder Bitis arietans arietans
Silvery dwarf burrowing skink Scelotes bipes
Southern rock agama Agama atra atra
Spotted harlequin snake Homoroselaps lacteus
Spotted skaapsteker Psammophylax rhombeatus rhombeatus

Fish – in & around Vogelgezang & De Mond Nature Reserve include:

Common Name Species Name
African mottled eel Anguilla bengalensis
Baldy Caffrogobius natalensis
Barbel Galeichthyes feliceps
Bandit blenny Omobranchus banditus
Barehead goby Caffrogobius nudiceps
Blaasop Amblyrhynchotes honckenii
Blackhand sole Solea bleekeri
Blue stingray Dasyatis chrysonota
Bluetail mullet Valamugil buchanani
Bullray Myliobatis aquila
Burchell’s redfin Pseudobarbus burchelli
Butterfly ray Gymnura natalensis
Cape anchovy Engraulis capensis
Cape gurnard Chelidonichthys capensis
Cape halfbeak Hyporhamphus capensis
Cape kurper Sandelia capensis
Cape moony Monodactylus falciformis
Cape silverside Atherina breviceps
Cape sole Heteromycterus capensis
Cape stumpnose Rhabdosargus holubi
Carp Cyprinus carpio
Dassie Diplodus sargus
Duckbill ray Pteromylaeus bovinus
Dusky kob Argyrosomus japonicus
Elf Pomatomus saltatrix
Estuarine round herring Gilchristella aestuaria
Flathead mullet Mugil cephalus
Freshwater mullet Myxus capensis
Groovy mullet Liza dumerilii
Harder Liza richardsonii
Kappie blenny Omobranchus woodi
Knysna sandgoby Psammogobius knysnaensis
Ladyfish / springer Elops machnata
Largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides
Largescale mullet Liza macrolepis
Leervis Lichia amia
Lesser guitarfish Rhinobatos annulatus
Longfin eel Anguilla mossambica
Madagascar mottled eel Anguilla marmorata
Natal moony Monodactylus argenteus
Piggy Pomadasys olivaceum
Pilchard Sardinops sagax
Pipefish Syngnathus acus
Prison goby Caffrogobius multifasciatus
Rippled blaasop Pelagocephalus marki
Sand snake-eel Ophisurus serpens
Sand steenbras Lithognathus mormyrus
Smallmouth bass Micropterus dolomieu
Smooth houndshark Mustelus mustelus
Spotted grunter Pomadasys commersonnii
Spotted halfbeak Hemiramphus far
Steentjie Spondyliosoma emarginatum
Strepie Sarpa salpa
Striped mullet Liza tricuspidens
Super klipvis Clinus superciliosus
White musselcracker Sparodon durbanensis
White steenbras Lithognathus lithognathus
White stumpnose Rhabdosargus globiceps
Wildeperd Diplodus cervinus
Yellowtail Seriola lalandi

De Mond Nature Reserve & Estuary – An Overview

History of De Mond Nature Reserve

Arniston, which lies to the north-east of the mouth of the Heuningnes River, was named after a ship that was wrecked there in May 1815. It is also known as Waenhuiskrans after the enormous cavern eroded in the limestone cliffs approximately 2 km south of the town. It is believed that the name “Heuningnes” originates from the presence of a beehive in a cave on the bank of the estuary.
Soetendalsvlei, the vlei which flows into the Heuningnes River, and the farm Zoetendalsvallei situated around it, were named after the Zoetendal which was wrecked on the adjacent coastline in 1673.
During 1986, De Mond was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve and in early 1991, De Mond became a satellite station to De Hoop Nature Reserve, of Cape Nature Conservation.
Between 1974 and 1975, a suspension bridge was installed across the Heuningnes River, approximately 1.5 km from the mouth.

De Mond Fauna & Flora

The Heuningnes Estuary
The Heuningnes Estuary, or De Mond, has two major tributaries. These are the Kars River and Nuwejaars River (the latter flows into Soetendalsvlei, the overflow from which has a confluence with the Kars River). The length of the river from the mouth of the Heuningnes, to the confluence of the Kars River, and overflow channel from Soetendalsvlei is 15 km.
A typical estuary will contain fishes belonging to three categories, namely:
a) marine migrants which breed at sea and typically use estuaries as nursery areas,
b) estuarine species which spawn in estuaries and usually spend most of the lives in estuaries
c) freshwater species which may enter estuaries when salinities are low
All three of these groups have been recorded in the Heuningnes Estuary or De Mond, during fish surveys that have taken place since 1943.

De Mond Fauna & Flora
De Mond Fauna & Flora

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