This 930 hectare nature reserve consists of a seasonal vlei (wetland) teeming with birds and wildflowers. Accommodation is available in the form of beautiful eco-cabins.
A birder’s paradise created by the closure of the Papskuil River
In 1839 farmer Pierre Roche closed off the mouth of the Papskuil River to establish a grazing plane for his livestock behind the dunes. The result, years later, was a man-made seasonal wetland home today to some 150 species of birds.
In 1988 Rocherpan was declared a marine nature reserve to preserve the area. Birds roaming the wetland include the rare and endangered black oystercatcher, kelp gull and the Cape shoveller.
Rocherpan is known for more than 170 bird species: Ludwig’s Bustard, Fulvous Duck, Hottentot Teal, Pearl-Breasted Swallow, Black-winged Pratincole