Western Cape Tourist AttractionsKhayelitsha Wetlands Park
Where? Hlanga Road, Khayelitsha, Cape Flats, Cape Town
How? Call +27 (0)78 223-5075
Khayelitsha is a massive and historically important township that is situated on the outskirts of Cape Town’s city centre. Its huge population forms a major part of the Western Cape population. Within the buzzing atmosphere and informal vibe of this township is the spectacular Khayelitsha Wetlands Park in Hlanga Road.
This wetlands area has a continuously growing ecosystem, which nurtures and conserves a range of species; both faunal and floral. This is also an excellent example of sustainable development in the heart of an informal settlement. It was established after a study identified this area and its wetlands potential in 1998. Since then, a park has been established that is not only aesthetically gorgeous, but also uplifts the community and provides a stunning example of natural wealth to the local folk.
In addition to the fascinating plants of this park, it also showcases a wide variety of birds that call this habitat their home. These include herons and an array of migrant birds, which are a delight to see and identify. This makes the Khayelitsha Wetland Park an important hub for ecotourism and the environmental education of locals and visitors alike, promoting a genuine interest in and investment into the animals and plants of the Western Cape and South Africa.
In addition, the park is also a fantastic place for local youths and families to enjoy the pretty surrounds. The play area is a lovely feature that encourages little ones to venture out and enjoy the equipment, while there are benches peppering the park for parents and guardians. Dogs on leashes are allowed here, and joggers and cyclists are sure to enjoy the paths within the 45 hectares of the Khayelitsha Wetlands Park. Youths are encouraged to visit the skating area and show off their boarding skills.
The African mosaics are nothing short of stunning, and make for postcard pictures to take back home.
This facility is open every day between 08h00 and 16h00 and is free of charge.