Cape Peninsula – Rondevlei Nature Reserve
About the Birding
This small city-run wetland reserve is situated close to the False Bay coastline. The best birding is done from the numerous bird hides, connected by a paved trail. There are two elevated towers that provide a panoramic view of the entire reserve. Although the summer months offer the best birding, the reserve is good all year round.
About the Birding Site
Rondevlei is a wetland reserve situated in Grassy Park and is part of the larger False Bay Nature Reserve. There is a series of hides overlooking the water as well as two lookout towers that provide panoramic views. The hides are connected by a path that passes through coastal sand fynbos. The birding can be excellent, especially for newer birders trying to become more familiar with wetland species, as around 70 species can be seen on a summer morning.
Other Related Information
The reserve entrance gate/public parking is located at the corner of Fisherman’s Walk and Perth Roads, Zeekoevlei/Grassy Park (-34.0581, 18.4993). There is also secure parking behind a gate if you ask at the entrance office.
Entrance is free
The reserve is open from 7:30 to 17:00.
The paths are well maintained but aren’t always wheelchair accessible.
A reserve map is available on the Cape Bird Club website: https://www.capebirdclub.org.za/rondevlei-site-guide/rondevlei-map-detail/