For the first time, the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area is showing off our rich wildlife to visitors.

From Saturday 29 July, the team will offer guided tours in the SMA – including a special visit to the buffalo boma, and to the vlei where the hippo live.

The Nuwejaars SMA released both hippo and buffalo in the SMA. Both became extinct in the Agulhas Plain around 200 years ago. This is the first time that visitors will be able to see the animals through organised tours.

The Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area is home to rich, and often critically threatened fauna and flora. Because the SMA covers private land, it had not been open to the public in the past.

Aside from hippo and buffalo, you could also see animals like:

  • Eland
  • Bontebok
  • Rau Quagga
  • Smaller antelope like Steenbuck and Cape Grysbok

And birds like:

  • Secretarybird
  • Black Harrier
  • Agulhas Long-billed Lark
  • Fish Eagle
  • And a range of other birds of prey and smaller LBJs (little brown jobs).

The SMA is also home to threatened vegetation, which includes fynbos-covered landscapes filled with species like Protea compacta and Elim heath (Erica regia).



The guided tours will be hosted by SMA and support staff, and will run every Saturday until October 2017. The morning Wildlife Guided Tour will start at 9am; and the evening Sunset Wetlands Tour (including a sundowner at the Waagschaalvlei) will start at 5pm.

But booking is essential, as numbers are limited.

For more info, or to book, email:; or phone: 076 833 6341.