A gentle walk in Cape Town

If you are looking for a very gentle and relaxing stroll in the Cape Town area one of the best places to go is the Zandvlei nature reserve close to Muizenberg. It is a magical area comprising the  Zandvlei estuary and surrounding wetlands.

The development of the Eastern banks into the residential area of Marina Da Gama has done nothing to diminish the peace and beauty of the area.

The Zandvlei nature reserve

Looking towards Muizenberg

The vlei which is open to the sea for much of the year supports an amazing variety of indigenous fish, juvenile marine fish and birdlife.

A coot

On any visit to the vlei you will be amazed by the variety of bird life

With a variety of walking areas, picnic sites, canoe and sailing clubs dotted throughout the area, it is a remarkable place for interaction with wildlife.

One of my favourite walks here is around Park Island. This is a peninsula that juts into the vlei from Marina Da Game. To get there turn off Prince Georges drive into Park Island road. Stay on that road as it rounds a left turn. Then go straight ahead into a cul da sac. Park at the end of the road and pass through the gate into Park Island.

Once past the gate you cross a bridge and almost immediately the road gives way to a small dirt path. The walk around the island (either clockwise or anti clockwise) should take less than an hour.  There are a couple of benches along your route to relax and enjoy the scenary.

zandvlei estuary

Enjoying a peaceful moment overlooking the vlei

There are a couple of paths leading off to short cuts and fishing spots with small bridges leading over particularly wet areas which you can explore on your stroll.

park island

A small bridge makes sure your feet stay dry

The scenary is magnificent with the Muizenberg mountains as a backdrop.

For more information on this walk and other walks in the Cape Town area contact Ridgway Ramblers