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The Rondevlei Nature Reserve is located in Grassy Park, Zeekoevlei and Lavenderhill, suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. The bird sanctuary covers approximately 290 hectares (720 acres) of mostly permanent wetland and consists of a single large brackish lagoon. The nature reserve is among the most important wetlands for birds in South Africa despite being situated directly alongside the heavily polluted Zeekoevlei. A number of islands on the vlei act as vital breeding sites. Rondevlei is home to about 230 bird species, a variety of small mammals and reptiles like caracal, porcupine, Cape fox, grysbuck, steenbuck and mongoose, as well as a Hippopotamus population which was re-introduced in 1981 as a means to control an alien grass species from South America, which had covered the shoreline and was threatening to engulf the vlei itself. It boasts unusual and threatened ecosystems like strandveld, Sand Plains Fynbos, Cape Lowland Wetland vegetation and indigenous Coastal Fynbos vegetation with unique plants found nowhere else in the world.

The facilities in the reserve include an about 1 km (0.62 mi) long waterside trail along the shoreline with six bird hides and two large wooden observation towers, a terrarium and aquarium, as well as the Leonard Gill museum and an environmental education centre with lecture theatre and resource centre. Besides birdwatching visitors are offered guided tours, boat cruises, conference facilities and secluded overnight accommodation within the reserve which are organized by a community-based company, Imvubu Nature Tours, which was established in 2002 with the use of poverty relief funds, made available by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

General Info

    Formal name:

    False Bay Nature Reserve: Rondevlei section

    Web links:

    Yes, though it may be listed under Rondevlei Nature Reserve, its previous name.

    Web links with UA facilities:

    No

    Tourism products and facilities offered:

    A picnic area- Found at the entrance of this section of the reserve, which have picnic tables on a grassed area, no braai facilities.

    A waterside trail- Clearly demarcated pathway approximately 1km long along the wetland

    Bird hides- 6 bird hides lead from the waterside pathway

    Towers- 2 viewing towers along the waterside pathway with viewing scopes

    Museum - Museum displays information about the reserve as well as taxidermy specimens of anmial species found at Rondevlei

    Boat trip - Book via Imvubu nature tours prior to visiting the nature reserve. Visit www.imvubu.co.za for more information

    Overnight Island stay - Book via Imvubu Nature tours

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    The museum is the main indoor section of which you would spend about 15 min in it.

    Shaded or covered areas:

    Yes

    Accrediting agencies:

    No

    Tactile warning systems at vehicular crossings:

    No

    Signage indicating alternative access:

    No

    Public transport:

    Yes

    Accessible parking:

    Yes

    Number of accessible parking bays:

    Bays are not marked, there is approximately space for 10 cars in the outside parking area with approximately 20 spaces for the parking area behind the gates.

    Parking distance to nature reserve:

    The wheelchair accessible parking is not seperately marked as all parking to the entrance of the reserve is on level ground

    Accessible without having to negotiate any stairs or inclined paths:

    Yes

    Inclined path or ramp gradient:

    Approximately 45 degrees

    Handrails on the ramps:

    No

    Tactile warning or guidance system associated with ramps:

    No

    Security control at the entrance:

    Yes

    Intercom communication or push button at the entrance:

    Yes

    size of button:

    It is the size of a light switch

    size of button and location:

    It is the size of a light switch

    Visual indication that system has been activated:

    No

    Type of entrance door:

    Manual

    Door handles fitted to gate or door:

    The gate just needs to be pushed once the control officer presses a button to release it.

    Door handles location above floor:

    Not applicable

    Security control or intercom communication or push button systems at the entrance:

    No

    Type of entrance door:

    Manual

    Glass panels in the door:

    No

    Floor finish:

    Brick finish

    Floor finish shiny or smooth:

    No

    Floor finish slippery when wet:

    No

    Location of the reception desk clearly visible and easily identifiable from the entrance door:

    Yes

    Obstacles in the path of travel or close to the path of travel from the entrance door to the reception desk

    A glass sliding window seperates the visitor from the person at the reception desk

    Colour of the wall or surface behind the reception desk:

    Cream

    Wall or surface reflective:

    No

    Background noise in the building:

    No

    Background noise at the reception desk:

    No

    Casual seating:

    No

    Clear signage in the building indicating the location of facilities including toilets:

    No

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities:

    No

    Other workstations where visitors might need to sit:

    No

    Electronic visual displays:

    No

    Electronic information available through computer terminals:

    No

    Other information available:

    Pamphlets are available to visitors

    Available in:

    Paper

    Available in large text format:

    No

    Available in braille:

    No

    Available in voice format:

    No

    Staff that have received specialized training to provide universal access support to visitors:

    No

    Staff with sign language capability:

    No

    Loop systems installed in the building:

    No

    Type of product, facility or offering:

    This facility is the entrance to the reserve called the gatehouse, where payment is made to enter the reserve and where a visitor control officer can assist the visitor with queries about their visit.

    Access to the PFO:

    Via the entrance gate

    Distance from the main entrance to PFO:

    1.5m

    Facility Signage:

    Yes

    Access by car:

    No

    Access by other motorized vehicle:

    A motorized wheelchair

    Access by pedestrian pathway:

    Yes

    Paved or surfaced:

    Paved

    Path incline gradient:

    No

    Steps on path:

    No

    PFO access for persons using a wheelchair, walker, or crutches :

    Yes

    support system:

    Yes

    Accessible to person who has limited or no sight :

    A person with limited or no sight would need someone to accompany them as once you enter the reserve there is no guide which one could use to get onto the visitor pathway.

    Sight support system:

    No

    Accessible to person who has limited or no hearing:

    Yes

    Hearing support system:

    No

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    The museum is the main indoor section of which you would spend about 15 min in it.

Contact Details

Opening Times

  • Monday 07:30-17:00
  • Tuesday 07:30-17:00
  • Wednesday 07:30-17:00
  • Thursday 07:30-17:00
  • Friday 07:30-17:00
  • Saturday 07:30-17:00 from November - January 07:30-19:00
  • Sunday 07:30-17:00 from November - January 07:30-19:00

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