Olifants river estuary

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA criteria met: A3, A4i (1998)
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Area: 6,330 ha

BirdLife South Africa
IBA conservation status
Year of assessment (most recent) Threat (pressure) Condition (state) Action (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 (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Olifants river estuary. Downloaded from on 07/06/2023.