February 15, 2013
Rondevlei Nature Reserve’s new tearoom
The Rondevlei Nature Reserve is a bird-watcher's and walker's paradise. The attraction draws people from near and far and, until recently, visitors have always had to pack their own refreshments.
The Rondevlei tearoom, managed by entrepreneur Faye Alcana, has been up and running since October 2012. She manages the facility on behalf of the Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei, offering hungry and thirsty visitors a selection of cakes, teas and coffees, and says being able to work in such a beautiful environment is a "tranquil" experience.
Alcana lives in Grassy Park, minutes away from the vlei, and has been a caterer for many years. A people's person, she has also transformed her house into a backpacker's lodge.
More than 230 bird species, hippos, reptiles and mammals inhabit the vlei. Run by the City of Cape Town, Rondevlei forms part of the False Bay Ecology Park and is in the heart of Mother City's Southern Suburbs.
Being an environmentally aware organisation, the Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei works to minimising the use of packaging and uses biodegradable items where possible.
The tearoom is right on the banks of the vlei, ensuring striking views of the reserve. It is thus an ideal place to look out for some of the wildlife.
There are also 20 bird hides throughout the reserve, making it an attractive spot for birders. Alcana is also a tour guide and has a certificate in ornithology, which she uses to her advantage when engaging guests at the tearoom.
The tearoom is open daily from 09h00 to 16h00, and can also be used as a venue for functions.