ZA078
Olifants river estuary


Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A3, A4i (1998)
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Area: 2,000 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high near favourable low
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Site summary
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.


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Olifants river estuary. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/12/2022.