cnr of Perth Road and Fisherman’s Walk, Grassy Park, Cape Town
False Bay Nature Reserve consists of six parts; Rondevlei, Zeekoevlei, Strandfontein Birding Section, Pelican Park Section, Slangetjiebos Section and Zandwolf Coastal Section.
Concerned bird lovers established Rondevlei as a bird sanctuary in 1952. Today, it is a well-run nature reserve, 290 hectares in extent, with a museum, an auditorium, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several bird hides named after well-known birders. There is a permanent wetland with Cape Flats sand fynbos to the north, and seasonal wetlands and Cape Flats dune strandveld in the south.
About 256 species of indigenous plants grow in Rondevlei. Among them, rare and endangered plants are strongly nurtured. These include the Cape Flats cone bush, the Rondevlei spiderhead and the Cape Flats Erica, which is now extinct in the wild. The Cape Flats Erica was discovered in a botanical garden, and has since been replanted in Rondevlei.
In addition, there are 241 bird species such as ducks, herons, ibises, pelicans and weavers. Hippopotamus have been reintroduced, and there are 20 other mammal species, including Cape grysbok, porcupine, Cape dune mole rat, Cape clawless otter and large-spotted genet. 29 types of reptiles and eight frog species have been seen. The only indigenous fish present is the Cape galaxia, while introduced alien fish species include the common carp, banded tilapia, Mozambique tilapia, mosquito fish and sharptooth catfish.
Venue: cnr of Perth Road and Fisherman’s Walk, Grassy Park, Cape Town
Time: 7.30am – 5am (daily) | 07.30am – 7pm (on weekends from Dec to Feb) | Closed on Christmas
Cost: R12 | R6 | Annual R130 | Family R200