West Coast – Rocherpan Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The best time to visit the reserve is in spring and early summer. The Strandveld vegetation is flowering and the associated specials are breeding. The Rocher Pan wetland, rainfall depending, will have sufficient water to attract numerous bird species including the summer migrants.
Birders can walk the 2.5 km Beach Trail starting at either the picnic site (-32.6119, 18.2968) which is advisable as the road to the beach can be sandy, or from the turnaround at the end of the road (-32.6099, 18.2942).
About the Birding Site
Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a small provincial reserve situated 180 km north of Cape Town. It consists of three primary habitats for birds. The sandy beach and foredunes, the wetland and the Strandveld vegetation. The reserve centres on the name-sake ephemeral wetland. The pan usually fills after the winter rains, but may be completely dry in some summers. There are four bird hides positioned around the wetland. There are great opportunities to bird on foot along the numerous trails and along the beach.
Other Related Information
The shortest route is via the R27 to Velddrif and then northwards through Dwarskersbos and the reserve gate will be reached 10 km later. The coordinates for the entrance gate to the reserve is 32⁰ 36’ 57,2”S + 18⁰18’ 09.1”E.