Cape Whale Coast

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A4i, A4iii (1998)
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Area: 35,240 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) State (condition) Pressure (threat) Response (action)
2013 unfavourable high medium
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Site summary
The Botriviervlei and Kleinmond Estuary system lies between the coastal towns of Kleinmond and Onrus on the southwest coast of the Western Cape extending about 1 400 ha. Although the Botriver drains a relatively small catchment, it forms one of the largest coastal, open-water lagoons in the Western Cape.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cape Whale Coast. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.