Wilderness, Western Cape – Rondevlei and Cape Dune Molerat Trail
About the Birding
Leaving the main gravel road, the road that leads down to the Rondevlei hide starts at -33.99932, 22.71729. Driving up the road, views onto Rondevlei lake can already yield large floats of waterbirds such as Great-crested Grebe, while Yellow Bishop can be seen in the fynbos on the banks of the lake.
The bush around the SANParks Scientific Services building can host Black-collared Barbet and Burchell’s Coucal. An old boat launch on the other side of the building offers a glimpse into the reeds, where it is possible to see Little Bittern.
Just a few hundred meters down further along the road is the parking for the Bird Hide and Cape Dune Molerat trail.
The pathway leading to the hide is good for Olive Bushshrike and Knysna Turaco, while the wooden walkway is a great spot to listen for the hooting call of the Red-Chested Flufftail.
About the Birding Site
Both the Cape Dune Molerat trail and Rondevlei lake fall under SANParks protection, the latter of which is also a RAMSAR site and an IBA (important bird area). The variety of habitats including wetland, fynbos, and milkwood forest offer a diversity of species too.
The bird hide is a fantastic site for photographers, and tables in the parking lot make for a great place to stop of lunch or breakfast while birding. The Cape Dune Molerat trail has different length options, and can be used as a short stroll or a longer hike.
Other Related Information
The road that leads down to the Rondevlei Hide and Cape Dune Molerat trail starts at -33.99932, 22.71729, while the parking area for the hide is at -33.98820, 22.71755 (https://maps.app.goo.gl/ib8e7GSAF9KE433c6).
There is a large board with a map of the different paths of the Cape Dune Molerat Trail available in the parking area for the bird hide. One can also visit the Scientific Services at -33.98965, 22.71876 for more information.
The site does not charge an entrance fee.
The bird hide is accessible by Wheelchair, however there are no railings on the boardwalk so care should be taken.