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Rocherpan Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 225 Google reviews

A group of people on a beach near a body of water
A group of people on a beach near a body of water

About the garden

Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve (930 hectares in size) in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988 (150 hectares in size).

Rocherpan had a fortuitous start when farmer Pierre Rocher arrived in this area in 1839 looking for improved summer grazing for his livestock. Rocher and his workers closed off the mouth of Papkuils River, forcing it to flow behind the dunes that separate the sandveld from the sea. This inadvertently created a perfect habitat for waterbirds, and the local species have thrived ever since. Along the coast, you’ll see the rare and endangered black oystercatcher, the kelp gull and the Cape shoveller.

Opening times

Office Hours | 08h00 to 16h30

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



West Coast DC, 7365

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 225 Google reviews

Mark Blecher

2 months ago


Very clean and safe. 2 hours from Cape Town. Circular walk along beach, and back other side of Pan takes around 2 hours- good to do early am. Reception staff v nice. Pan itself dry at present. Swimming pool.

Juliet Drozdz

4 months ago


Walked the 7km hike. Amazing flora that changes constantly. Ended hike with beach walk. Picnic area beautiful with amazing views. You can stay overnight in self-catering cottages plus there's a pool and putt putt. Just outside Dwarskersbos. Lovely staff. Even got to see the resident snake

Leigh Jacobus

5 months ago


Good to get away to relax, it's very peaceful. Great views

Candice Cooper

2 months ago


Beautiful, quiet piece of nature. Always look forward to visiting. Until next time...

Dugald Thomson

10 months ago


Well run. Great for bird watching!

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+27 (0)79 203 1092

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