False Bay Nature Reserve: Rondevlei Section

Cnr Perth Road & Fisherman’s Walk
Grassy Park
Cape Town

False Bay Nature Reserve: Rondevlei Section

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Rondevlei Nature Reserve
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Concerned bird lovers established Rondevlei as a bird sanctuary in 1952. Today, it is a well-run nature reserve, 290 ha in extent, with a museum, an auditorium, a network of footpaths, viewing towers, and several 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 278 species of indigenous plants grow in the Rondevlei Nature Reserve. Rare and endangered plants are strongly nurtured: These include the Cape Flats cone bush (Leucadendron levisanus), the Rondevlei spiderhead (Serruria aemula foeniculaceae) and the Cape Flats erica (Erica verticillata), which became extinct in the wild. The Cape Flats erica was discovered in a botanical garden, and has since been propagated and replanted at Rondevlei.

In addition, there are 237 bird species, from ducks to herons, ibises, pelicans, weavers and more. Hippopotami (Hippopotamus amphibius) have been reintroduced, and there are 20 other mammal species, including Cape grysbok (Raphicerus melanotis), porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis), Cape dune mole rat (Bathyergus suillus), Cape clawless otter (Aonyx capensis) and small-spotted genet (Genetta genetta). Twentynine types of reptiles and eight frog species have been seen. The only indigenous fish present is the Cape galaxias (Galaxias), while introduced alien fish include common carp (Cyprinus carpio), banded tilapia (Tilapia sparrmanii) and sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus).

ADDRESS: Corner of Perth Road and Fisherman’s Walk, Grassy Park / Zeekoevlei

OPENING HOURS: 07:30-17:00 (daily); 07:30-19:00 (on Saturdays and Sundays from December to February only); closed on Christmas Day

ENTRANCE FEES* (July 2014-June 2015):
- Adults (18+) R12, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6 (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 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
- Watercraft (annual charges): Power boat R410 (365 days from date of issue), 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 annually.


ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnicking, bird hides, lookout towers, museum, lecture theatre, fishing platforms, boat trips, overnight island bush camp, a boma and conference facilities

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Rondevlei Environmental Education Centre and Leonard Gill Field Museum (booking essential)

ACCOMMODATION: Island bush camp, run by Imvubu Nature Tours (www.imvubu.co.za Tel 021 706 0842).

CONTACT: For accommodation, contact Imvubu Nature Tours on www.imvubu.co.za or 021 706 0842.
For environmental education camps, phone Cape Town Environmental Education Trust on 021 706 8523, www.cteet.co.za.

FRIENDS GROUP AND BIRDERS: The Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei (FoZR) consist of local community members who support the reserve, www.zeekoevlei.co.za. The Cape Bird Club and A. Rocha International run birding and bird-ringing programmes, www.capebirdclub.org.za.

Tel 021 706 2404; Fax 021 706 2405


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