West Coast – Verlorenvlei
About the Birding
Access to the wetland is unfortunately limited to those sections where the visitor does not have to cross private property. Fortunately, large portions of the wetland are visible from public roads, although in some cases a telescope would be required to take full advantage of what the wetland has to offer.
About the Birding Site
The Verlorenvlei wetland can be found near the town of Elands Bay about 220 km North of Cape Town. The area can be reached either following the R27 North from Cape Town to Velddrif and then onto a coastal tar road northwards past Dwarskersbos to Elands Bay (more scenic route) or alternatively the N7 to Piketberg and then the R366 to Elands Bay. The most notable habitat is the wetland itself which is a declared Ramsar site indicating its significance as a wetland of international importance.
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Access and facilities:
Most of the roads in the above text are all public roads and require no permission or admission costs. However, should the visitor wish to cross private land to gain access to the wetland, it is advisable to get permission from the relevant landowners prior to entering the property. Please note that the substrate is soft sandy soil and many of these private roads may require a 4×4.