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Rocherpan Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 240 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



West Coast DC, 7365

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 240 Google reviews

Gerdias Robinson

a month ago


What a nice and quiet weekend we had.... The staff was very friendly and helpful too... We enjoyed our time with you all

Leigh Jacobus

10 months ago


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

albertus van wyk

2 months ago


We visited in the dry season when all the water birds are gone, which is the main attraction, but it is still a well-maintained and lovely reserve. A walk along the beach is well worth a visit.

Zosia Greaves

a week ago


Just fabulous. Beautiful, peaceful, great staff and first class accommodation

Shane Hughes

3 weeks ago


Beautiful breakaway on the Cape WestCoast. Chalets are adequately equipped and clean. Impressively “off the grid” !

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+27 (0)79 203 1092

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