Table Bay Nature Reserve: Rietvlei Section

Table Bay Nature Reserve: Rietvlei Section

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Rietvlei Wetland Reserve
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The Table Bay Nature Reserve consists of seven management sections, including Rietvlei, Zoarvlei, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Racecourse, Diep River, Parklands Fynbos Corridor, and the Coastal Section. It covers about 880 hectares of diverse habitats ranging from riverine floodplains, permanent and seasonal wetlands, open pans, a tidal estuary and coastal dunes.

The vegetation mainly consists of endangered Cape Flats dune strandveld and critically endangered Cape Flats sand fynbos. The nature reserve lies on the Table Bay coastline, stretching from close to the city centre to the north of Parklands.

The Table Bay Nature Reserve offers a range of educational, recreational and water sports opportunities:
-Watch birds from board walks and enjoy two birdhides at the Rietvlei Section
-Braai and picnic on Rietvleis shoreline
-Bring school groups for environmental education programmes
-Paddle and canoe at the Milnerton Lagoon and Rietvlei Sections
-Sail, ski and powerboat at Rietvlei
-Fish at selected sites

The Table Bay Nature Reserve protects over 400 plant species, 12 of which are threatened including Cliffortia ericifolia, Hermannia procumbens sp. procumbens, Leucadendron levisanus and Acrolophia bolusii.

One of the management sections, namely Milnerton Racecourse, has the largest known population of Lampranthus stenus. It also conserves the largest number of succulents (Mesembryanthemaceae and Aizoaceae).

The Table Bay Nature Reserve has approximately 200 bird species, including large flocks of flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus), pelicans (Pelecanus onocrotalus), as well as numerous migrating wading birds. During spring and summer, migrant birds arrive from the northern hemisphere, such as the curlew sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) that travels 13 000 km to arrive at Table Bay Nature Reserve.

About 30 mammals are known to occur in the reserve including Cape clawless otter (Aonyx capensis), Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis) and caracal (Caracal caracal). Some frog species that can be found include the clicking stream frog (Strongylopus grayii), the Cape river frog (Amietia fuscigula) and the common platanna (Xenopus laevis). There are also large populations of fish in the deep water lakes and the Milnerton lagoon area.

ADDRESS: 10 Sandpiper Crescent, Table View GPS -33.83515 S, 18.439331 E (Rietvlei section)

OPENING HOURS: 07:30-17:30 (daily); water sports hours 10:00-17:00 (weekdays), 09:00-17:00 (weekends)

ENTRANCE FEES* (July 2014-June 2015): None, except for Rietvlei Section:
- Vehicles R18, Buses R320 (<25 seater - includes passenger tariff)
- Adults (18+) R13; Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6,50 (proof required); Children under 3 free entry
- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)
- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
- Day Fishing Permits (excl. entrance fees): Adults (18+) R40, Children (aged 3-17) and senior citizens R14 (60+). Maximum of 2 rods with 2 hooks per rod
- Watercraft (per day): Power boat R50, Adult sail board/dinghy/windsurfer R20, Child (under 18) sail board/dinghy/windsurfer R11,50
- Watercraft (annual charges): Power boat R410 (365 days from date of issue), Sail board/dinghy/windsurfer (Mon-Fri concession) R90, Adult registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R32 (annual), Learner (under 18) registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R15
*Fees subject to change

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus (including MyCiTi bus service)

ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Boating, sailing, picnic and braai areas, fishing, hiking and two bird hides. Please note: This reserve has a “no-bin policy” and all visitors must take their rubbish home with them - please don't litter.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Rietvlei Education Centre

FRIENDS GROUP: Friends of Rietvlei,

021 444 0315; Fax 021 444 7226


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