Verlorenvlei is not only one of the largest lakes but one of the few coastal freshwater lakes that is at once one of the most important estuarine systems in the Western Cape, and one of the largest natural wetlands on the Cape west coast.
It is a significant coastal lake, in other words, supporting over a thousand wading birds, and providing a nest and a rest of over 75 species of water birds. It supports over 5 000 birds most of the time, and occasionally as many as 20 000.
For bird watchers, Verlorenvlei is a delight. It connects to the sea via a narrow channel, although the system is virtually closed because of the sand-covered bar at its mouth and other artificial manmade obstacles that disturb the natural flow and sensitive ecology of the area, particularly the illegal causeway near the mouth of Verlorenvlei.
Elands Bay is a popular seaside village that, despite having managed to retain its laidback atmosphere, has felt the added squeeze for development from weekend and holiday visitors that adds a level of menace to Verlorenvlei. The pretty town, known locally as Elandsbaai, offers a delightful combination of surfing, swimming and seafood; it is regarded as the Ďlobster larderí of the West Coast.
Elands Bay is only two and a half hours drive from Cape Town, and the Bobbejaan Mountains above the town offer walks and a wealth of San paintings in various accessible caves.
Popular Attractions near Verlorenvlei
Verlorenvlei Heritage Settlement
What was once a thriving little hamlet on the shores of Verlorenvlei (40 buildings or ruins were still in evidence in 1992) is only a few surviving langhuis (long house) structures today. These houses are of cultural significance and...
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Elands Bay Beach
Elands Bay is only a two hour drive from Cape Town, but it is a wonderful spot and a must visit if youíre a keen surfer. The beach is fondly known as e-bay (if youíre a surfer weíre sure you wouldíve heard about this one)! Itís such a great surf...
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Bird Island Penguin Colony
Bird Island is the third largest African penguin colony and, in terms of numbers, important for the survival of the penguin - there were 2 600 pairs when counted in 2011. It forms the other half of the paired fishing exclusion experiment...
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Did you know?
Elands Bay, the gem that has managed to elude the surge of development; home to Verlorenvlei, one of the biggest estuaries on the West Coast, offers crayfish diving to those with a valid diving license (November to April).
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