Rocherpan Nature Reserve

This West Coast marvel is mostly a seasonal vlei, dry between March and June, as well as a stretch of marine reserve. The combination of land, vlei and marine environments creates a diversity of habitats for a flock of 183 different bird species. The two bird hides offer excellent views of the many birds that flock to the pan.

Main attractions

  • The seasonal vlei (usually dry between March and June)
  • Birdlife is abundant due to the various breeding and feeding habitats

The eco-cabins at Rocherpan are all named after birds and are a wonderful example of low-impact luxury, with an excellent mix of style and practicality.

– Cheryl Samantha-Owen, Wild 29


  • Walking
  • Birding
  • Picnicking
  • Angling

Top sightings: White pelican, flamingo, Cape shoveller, African black oystercatcher, southern right whale (June to September), springbok, duiker, steenbok, water mongoose, African wild cat, wildflower blooms in spring

Accommodation: Self-catering chalets

Office times: 08:00 – 17:00

Nearest centre: Velddrif is 25km away (about 15 minutes).

Know before you go

  • There is no access to the beach for vehicles
  • Fuel and supplies are available in Velddrif

Contact reserve: +27 (0)79 203 1092

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected] 

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