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The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve

The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve was formed in 2000 by
The Friends of the Nahoon Estuary that is a community based non-profit organization who’s objective it is to manage the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve in East London.

Estuary 1

Situated on the North-East bank of the Nahoon River Mouth, the estuary is comprised of over 25 hectares of uniquely preserved coastal land in the heart of the urban settlement of Buffalo City.

Mangrove swamps, natural ponds, forests, beaches and hundreds of different indigenous coastal plants, insects, sea and land animals make up the reserve.  A specifically designed recycled boardwalk with educational and directional signboards guides visitors through the reserve without harming the highly sensitive vegetation of the inter-tidal zone.


The Enviro-Visitors Centre and bird hide located in the reserve has full Audio Visual facilities that can be used for environmental activities such as lectures, demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions, excursions, education and research.

Nahoon Estuary

The trails start at the Visitors Centre, proceed through a dappled forest area before opening up onto a wide vista of mud flats lined with mangrove trees.  Hugged by impressive cliffs on one side and the river on the other, this relatively pristine estuarine environment is representative of the bigger river systems in the area and is host to a wide range of bird life, fish, mangroves and the forest.


Open to the public, the reserve has become a popular place of inspiration, education and relaxations for families, school children, elderly citizens – basically anyone who appreciates the beauty and harmony of this intact environmental system situated a stones throw away from the city.

Estuary 2

 The Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve, a gem … in the heart of our city!

Photos: Sandy Loppnow / Information:  Mike Loppnow (Chairman – Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve)


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