Country/territory: South Africa
IBA criteria met: A3, A4i (1998)
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Area: 6,330 ha
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The Olifants River Estuary lies approximately 250 km northwest of Cape Town; it is one of only four perennial estuaries on the west coast of southern Africa. The catchment lies within a winter rainfall area and during winter freshwater flow is strong. Approximately 125 bird species have been recorded at the estuary and its environs; at least 60 of these are waterbirds. The Olifants River Estuary regularly supports over 15 000 waterbirds.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Olifants river estuary. Downloaded from http://datazone.birdlife.org/site/factsheet/7153 on 07/06/2023.