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The Greater Zandvlei Nature Reserve is divided into zones which determine what activities are allowed in each zone. The zones and particularly zone boundaries are important in conflict resolution and protecting vulnerable fauna and flora, while accommodating recreational and economic activities.

For details on what is allowed in each zone, consult Table 10: City of Cape Town Nature Reserves and Conservation Areas Visitor use zoning – Desired State & Experiential qualities DRAFT FOUR (24th June 2010), which can be downloaded here (spreadsheet, 36KB).

Current issues regarding zoning uses include dog walking on Bird Island, and the unmet needs of the Zandvlei fishing community. These and other raised issues need to be discussed and fleshed out to be incorporated into the Reserve Management Plans. This process will be the topic of a community meeting on Wednesday 24 April 2019, at 14:00 at the Zandvlei Sports Club.