Rondevlei Nature Reserve and hippos

Photo courtesy Ian Junor

Rondevlei Nature Reserve, which forms part of the greater False Bay Ecology Park, offers a unique eco-experience in Cape Town. The park is home to around 230 bird species, as well as many reptiles and mammals, including a small hippopotamus population. The park is the only reserve in Cape Town home to hippos.

Rondevlei Nature Reserve is a 2km2 protected area comprising a wetland and lake. Just a short drive from the city centre and Muizenberg, this spot is popular with bird-watchers and walkers. There is an attractive path along the water’s edge and six hides for keen twitchers. Pack your binoculars and head out from the bustling city to enjoy the company of ibis, herons, gannets, and egrets, among other feathered species.

Apart from the fauna, the flora in the park is well worth having a closer look at – it includes types of threatened fynbos found only in the Western Cape of South Africa.

While keen anglers might like to cast a line for carp, those interested in the park’s history and animals should pay a visit to the reserve’s Leonard Gill Museum.

Visitors wanting a little more leisure time can be accommodated in the overnight bush camp in the park, where conference facilities can seat up to 45. Chartered boat trips are a great way to see some of the diverse wildlife from the water.

Contact our Visitor Information Centre for insider information about what to do in the reserve or to locate accredited guides and tour operators. Search Zeekoevlei or the surrounding suburbs of Muizenberg, Grassy Park and Tokai in our accommodation database for great places to stay in the area.

Extra info

Entrance:

Adults: R10
Pensioners: R5
Children (3 to 14): R5
Children under 3: Free

Open:

Daily (excluding Christmas Day) from 07:30 to 19h00 December to February; 07h30 to 17h00 March to November

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