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Rocherpan Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 235 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

Shops

None

West Coast DC, 7365

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West Coast DC
7365
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 235 Google reviews

Gerdias Robinson

2 weeks ago

4

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

9 months ago

4

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

albertus van wyk

a month ago

4

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.

Jody van der Westhuizen

a month ago

5

Very tranquil and scenic. But make sure to go later winter to spring if you want to see the water birds. We went in March and the pan was completely dry. Saw 2 ostriches.

Mark Blecher

6 months ago

4

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.

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+27 (0)79 203 1092

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