Rondevlei

Rondevlei

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Pied Avocet

Pied Avocet

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Three-banded Plover

Three-banded Plover

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Goliath Heron

Goliath Heron

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Yellow-billed Egret

Yellow-billed Egret

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Bird watching day tours around Cape Town can include three or more of the venues on our day tour list. 

Rondevlei Nature Reserve is possibly the most comfortable venue to photograph and view wildlife in suburbia. It is one of the more popular venues for birdwatching and bird photography in Cape Town, south-western Cape.

The vlei is home to a family of hippopotamus (introduced to combat the water hyacinth that was threatening the waterways). If one is lucky they can be seen from one of the two viewing towers in the reserve. These towers are also ideal vantage points from which to photograph birds in flight and give superb views of the reserve.

Grey mongoose are often seen on the pathways while water mongoose and Cape clawless otter are resident.

Pathways lead visitors to numerous bird hides on the water’s edge from where you can watch the many water birds at your leisure. Many of the birds on the Strandfontein list are present at Rondevlei, however African Snipe, African Spoonbill, Little Bittern, Greater Crested Grebe and Intermediate Egret are a few species that could be better seen from the hides.

Photography is, as to be expected, superb.