We must protect those ecosystems and animals that can’t speak for themselves. But we can’t do it without you.



The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated communities closely connected to the NWSMA. Families living in Elim and Struisbaai North are going hungry. Food parcels aren’t ideal, because these families have no money for electricity to cook a meal.

Teaming up with wonderful partners, together we are now providing 10,000 nutritious meal per month, from May until end October 2020. Each meal consists of a serving of hearty meat-based stew – packed with vitamins and minerals to support the growth and wellbeing of young children living here.

But we need your help

The meals are delivered to schools and families in Elim and Struisbaai North, as dictated by the need. And we include a fun, educational pamphlet for children, to showcase the importance of living closely to our natural world.

It costs about R38 to cook 1 litre of stew.

How many meals can you give to those going hungry?

Here’s how you can help

Enter own amount (ZAR)

OR you can make a deposit:

Bank: Standard Bank
Account name: Nuwejaars River Nature Reserve
Account: 071024654
Branch code: 051001

Deposit reference (Let us know on which programme you would like us to spend the donation): Your name: Food relief

Please let us know if you make a donation. Send an email to Vanessa: to join our Donor’s Club, so that we can thank you and keep you informed of how your donation is helping to make a difference.


Birders – see our spectacular bird life. But we need your help!

Birdwatching – at some of South Africa’s most impressive birding vleis. Well, in most cases, it’s been impossible – with the dams and lakes found on private land and not open to the public. 

Now we want to change that. We want to build bird hides at some of our most secretive spots; areas where birders will see the most unusual and spectacular species.

But we need your help

It costs R40,000 to build the bird hide, and the walkway leading to the hide. With your support, we’ll build a bird hide that you’ll be able to access and enjoy (and you’ll see your name in it).

One strip of wood costs us R100.

How many strips of wood can you add to our bird hide?


Make history – Adopt a hippo on the Agulhas Plain

In 1850, the last hippo alive on the Agulhas Plain was shot. And so hippos became extinct in our area. 

Until now, that is. We’ve reintroduced hippos to the Agulhas Plain and broader Overberg.

Today we have 7 hippos living in the Nuwejaars wetlands. They’re a family unit, with a bull, 4 cows and 2 young ones.  And so we’ve made a bit of history.

Now you can too – by adopting a hippo. 

Get feedback on your hippo’s movements, and receive cameratrap pictures we capture.

Our hippos are one of very few pods in the Western Cape. They’re curious, and regularly head to the shore to get to know their human neighbours. And they’re protected by our wetlands and vleis.

Become part of their remarkable return to the Agulhas Plain, by adopting your own hippo.

Adopt 1 hippo for R1000.

Or how about adopting all 7?


Support a herd of threatened bontebok – and join in on management actions

Bontebok used to roam across the Agulhas Plain. But their numbers dwindled, until in the 1930s, only 17 individuals remained. Ancestors of the NWSMA’s members fought to save these beautiful antelope. They created a few small herds, so they could breed.

Today the numbers have risen. But we face a huge challenge in securing their numbers for future generations.

Bontebok need large, open areas to move across to thrive. On private land, this is usually impossible, given farm boundaries.

But we’ve made this possible across the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area, where bontebok can transcend these man-made boundaries.

It’s our job to now dedicate this last remaining natural area for bontebok (this is their original home) to creating corridors to support bontebok movement. That way we can ensure our bontebok’s genetic diversity remains strong. (And be sure they don’t interbreed with blesbok).

Help us support a herd of bontebok.

Get info on your herd’s movements, and interesting trends we spot. And join when we work with the individuals (like treating any ill animals, or when we move animals).

Support a herd for R10,000 a year.

Become a Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA volunteer

Get your hands a little dirty; become a ‘researcher’ on our wetlands, through our fun volunteering opportunities.

What does it entail? Well, help us monitor our birds, animals and plants (even snorkelling with our Nuwejaars Redfin Minnow).

For more information on our volunteering programme, contact:

Thank you to our sponsors


Thank you to our sponsors

Harry & Dorinda Moore

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