Dwarskersbos Where to Stay » Rocher Pan Nature Reserve

Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a coastal birding haven 25km north of Velddrif on the West Coast. The prime feature is the large pan that attracts 183 species of birds. The reserve boasts four beautiful eco-cabins with uninterrupted views of the pan.

Rocherpan Nature Reserve boasts four newly refurbished eco-cottages: Kingfisher, Oystercatcher, Sandpiper and Flamingo – each named after bird species found on the reserve.

The eco-cottages are equipped with modern amenities, a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, closed combustion fire place. The cottages sleep a maximum of four people. There is a double bed and a futon in each cabin, bedding and linen included. Each cottage has a fully equipped bathroom with a shower and waterless toilet, in keeping with the eco-friendly theme of the reserve. Each cabin has a braai area with a picnic style table and chairs on the deck overlooking the reserve, perfect for bird watching.

 

The reserve is home to a great diversity of bird species. The abundance of birdlife found on the reserve is due to the combination of seasonal wetlands, coastal vegetation and marine environments. Together they provide ample opportunity for breeding and feeding to a total of 183 bird species. White pelicans as well as greater and lesser flamingos, all listed in the Red Data book for endangered species, and are often seen at Rocherpan alongside the rare African black oystercatcher. The reserve is also one of the Cape Shoveler’s most important breeding and moulting sites.

From June to September southern right whales are sojourners in the rich coastal waters of the Atlantic and Rocherpan Nature Reserve is still home to many mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. What’s more, in spring a spectacular carpet of wild flowers covers large parts of the reserve. The beach here extends into what seems like infinity and long, leisurely walks are a popular activity. Angling from shore is allowed with the proper permits and there are also two bird hides, plus several picnic and braai areas.

Contact: Cape Nature

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