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Rondevlei Nature Reserve is one of the top bird photography destinations in Cape Town.

A birders paradise, it also has a resident population of Hippopotamus. The reserve has several well located bird hides on the waters edge. There are arlso several towers and platforms that provide a superb elevated view to photograph from or bird watch.

Established in 1952, and surrounded my majestic coastal dunes, the reserve boasts a large vlei - which is among the most important wetlands for birds in the Western Cape. On most days, you will find a kind and gentle breeze filtering through the Strandveld and endangered Sand Plain Fynbos. A little known conservation success story was the re-establishment of a thought to be extinct species of erica. Erica verticillata has been successfully restablished in the reserve.

Pause for a moment inside one of six bird hides along the various walks and you will witness the likes of White Pelican, Greater Flamingo, African Spoonbill, Caspian Tern. Up to 230 different species of birds have been sighted at Rondevlei


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings is best for birds and small mammals. Mid morning is good for flowers and macro photography along the series of easily accesable pathways.
Type of Photography
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Birding
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
The hides provide a great place to sit quietly and wait for the birds to pass. The pathways are easily accessed and are also accessable by wheelchairs. Patience is you best ally. Take your time to move through the reserve.
Recommended Gear
Solid bean bag for the hides and viewing platforms.


Site Highlights
The reserve has a resident population of Hippopotamus, they are rather elusive but you could get lucky if you are there early. With over 230 species on the bird list you are gaurenteed to see something interesting or new for your life list.


Other Activities
  • Fishing
  • Walking


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Getting There
From Cape Town follow the M5 for about 11½ km from the N2/M5 intersection in the direction of Muizenberg and then in Grassy Park turn left into Victoria Road. Follow Victoria Road across the major 5th Avenue intersection and turn right into Fisherman’s Walk. The Rondevlei Nature Reserve is well marked a few hundred meters down the road.
Grassy Park


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.