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The Zeekoevlei Estuary is a small estuary that enters False Bay along Baden Powell drive, adjacent to the Strandfontein Sewerage Works.

The small mouth of this estuary migrates rapidly up and down the beach and several attempts have been made to stabilise these migration paths with little success.

Thus, the nature of this destination changes from week to week and the conditions on any specific day can be very different.

This small estuary regularly has a large flock of common terns roosting on it. The easy access and proximity to the road, makes approaching these birds slightly easier.

This is a great destination for photographing kelp gulls, especially when the young gulls fledge, but you can also expect to see a wide variety of water birds and sea birds. You can site either above or below the bridge.

The water body above the bridge is great for feeding kingfishers and terns as they swoop down to catch fish. Below the bridge you can see gulls bathing in the shallow estuary waters and also feeding on white mussel along the seashore. This feeding behaviour of the kelp gulls is very interesting to watch and photograph.

If the wind barriers are in place these make a perfect hide along witch you can make your way closer to the waters edge without disturbing the birds.


Zeekoevlei | Baden Powell | Muizenberg

Note the wind breaks that act as cover for a stealthy approach (water levels and location varies)


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings and late afternoons. Depending on the weather though, any time of day can provide opportunities for bird photography.
Type of Photography
  • Seascapes
  • Birding
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Take protective gear for your camera equipment (sea spray and sand).
Tripod and a mobile hide can get you really close to the birds.
Recommended Gear
Medium and telephoto lenses are required for bird photography.
A wide angle for seascapes.


Site Highlights
Swift Tern Roost
Kelp Gulls feeding on white and black mussel (Juveniles and adults).


Season and Weather
The Capes' seasons are very distinct. Summers are hot and windy, winters are cool and rainy. All the seasons provide good photographic opportunities. Summers can be very windy with the southeaster blowing incessantly.
Other Activities
  • swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing


Closest Town
Getting There
Access is along Baden Powell Drive. You can park at the bridge (on the seaward side) that crosses the estuary. Be extra careful when pulling off to the side of the road.
Baden Powell Drive


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.