Rocherpan Nature Reserve
Rocherpan Nature Reserve
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Dwarskersbos Road, Velddrif 7365 South Africa
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  • mushilele
    George, South Africa37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A true gem with West Coast hospitality
    I’d wanted to visit Rocherpan for years and a trip from George to see the flowers in the far Northern Cape presented an opportunity for an overnight stop. Even though we made quite a detour it was very much worth it. The booking was seamless. Conwill were in touch before we even left George to check on our arrival. He and Rodney the manager were awaiting us - even though we were slightly delayed. Wow! So friendly and helpful. Our cottage was superbly clean - with crisp linen and loved the low impact build. Even the composting loo (which I thought my elderly parents would baulk at) was a win. We had a lovely braai. Slept superbly. The next day hubby went for a run around the Pan while I took a walk. Flowers and flamingos! And a mongoose living among the cottages. Drove the folks to the ocean lookout and then went to the birdhide (spotted the boomslang that has made itself comfy there) and then left for the North. Frankly I could have stayed there for days … and hopefully will return. (Also … anyone complaining about the road noise - it’s actually the sea you can hear! The road is hardly used.)
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 October 2023
  • Johnrwilkinson
    Cape Town Central, South Africa25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jewel of the west coast
    Rocherpan is a great place for those looking to connect with nature, in a peaceful environment with superb accommodation. Stayed 2 nights in early Dec 2023. Walking on the remote beach came across a few one year old seals that were resting and a few that had died ( this is apparently normal). The pan still had quite a bit of water. Quite a bit of birdlife especially lesser flamingoes. Excellent eco cabin accommodation, braai and hot tub (Kingfisher chalet only)
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
  • Krish G
    Durban, South Africa2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    South African West Coast Beauty
    Our family spent New Years at Rocherpan Nature Reserve on the West Coast of South Africa about 180 kilometers from Cape Town. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay .It is within driving distance to Lambert's Bay Bird Island . It is a beautiful place with eco cabins that are very well maintained by extremely helpful staff. We really enjoyed the peacefulness, bird life and sunsets. This is definitely a place to return to. Well done to Cape Nature for taking care of our natural resources.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 January 2024
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Krish G
Durban, South Africa2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Our family spent New Years at Rocherpan Nature Reserve on the West Coast of South Africa about 180 kilometers from Cape Town. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay .It is within driving distance to Lambert's Bay Bird Island . It is a beautiful place with eco cabins that are very well maintained by extremely helpful staff. We really enjoyed the peacefulness, bird life and sunsets. This is definitely a place to return to. Well done to Cape Nature for taking care of our natural resources.
Written 25 January 2024
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mushilele
George, South Africa37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I’d wanted to visit Rocherpan for years and a trip from George to see the flowers in the far Northern Cape presented an opportunity for an overnight stop. Even though we made quite a detour it was very much worth it. The booking was seamless. Conwill were in touch before we even left George to check on our arrival. He and Rodney the manager were awaiting us - even though we were slightly delayed. Wow! So friendly and helpful. Our cottage was superbly clean - with crisp linen and loved the low impact build. Even the composting loo (which I thought my elderly parents would baulk at) was a win. We had a lovely braai. Slept superbly. The next day hubby went for a run around the Pan while I took a walk. Flowers and flamingos! And a mongoose living among the cottages. Drove the folks to the ocean lookout and then went to the birdhide (spotted the boomslang that has made itself comfy there) and then left for the North. Frankly I could have stayed there for days … and hopefully will return. (Also … anyone complaining about the road noise - it’s actually the sea you can hear! The road is hardly used.)
Written 8 October 2023
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Johnrwilkinson
Cape Town Central, South Africa25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Rocherpan is a great place for those looking to connect with nature, in a peaceful environment with superb accommodation. Stayed 2 nights in early Dec 2023. Walking on the remote beach came across a few one year old seals that were resting and a few that had died ( this is apparently normal). The pan still had quite a bit of water. Quite a bit of birdlife especially lesser flamingoes. Excellent eco cabin accommodation, braai and hot tub (Kingfisher chalet only)
Written 11 December 2023
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denise w
Mtunzini, South Africa50 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
While visiting the West |Coast to see the flowers we decided to visit The Rocher Pan as we had heard it was excellent for bird sightings.On arrival the lady in the office did mention that the pan was still dry, the winter rain water had not made its way down to the pan. We mistakenly did not further question her and paid our entrance fee of R50 each. We drove around for about an hour and the only live things we saw were a tortoise and a hoepoe. The hides were excellent but not a drop of water to be seen.
We should have been more attentive to the reception lady.
Written 2 October 2019
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christel
Seaford, UK578 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Have tried to visit a few times but it always seems to be closed. Been told there is some issues with the tracks as you need a 4 wheel drive? Would love some more information if anyone has any ideas
Written 21 March 2018
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Darren K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Incredible sense of isolation at the Rocherpan Nature Reserve. Incredible Fynbos wildlife within this space. The tranquility here and accommodation is super and expected from CapeNature. Friendly staff and cabin had all the necessary items to make the stay enjoyable. I have come across some comments I would like to address before anyone reading this is unsure whether or not to stay.

I have seen some comments about the lack of water in the vlei and resulted in some average below perfect ratings. These people clearly do not understand the cycle of this ecosystem and if they had done their research would know that this vlei becomes dry at certain times of the year. I do believe that in the past 20 years, this is the first time the vlei has remained dry through winter. Im not sure what these people expect but poor effort on their side and most likely the type of guest you can never please.

Secondly I saw some comments in the actual booklets in the cabin about how some peoples trips were ruined by the sight of snakes. Again, unfathomable to think that this could ruin the trip. Im not sure what they were expecting? perhaps caged animals or a landscape eradicated of any wildlife. There are a number of recorded snake species on this small reserve and include venomous species. I saw for myself a female boomslang catch a weaver bird right outside the balcony, a truly unique experience. Unfortunately these type of guests occur and one has to ignore there petty comments.

Finally, yes the accommodation on this reserve is closer than usual to the road, but again, if one had done there research prior to staying, this would have been a ''known''. If one has to look at the geographical position of the reserve and the layout of the vlei, there could not have been any other location for the cabins. I do believe the chosen area was due to it having the highest rate of degradation in the reserve. If you cannot handle one car or truck every few minutes driving past then i suggest you head in land and hide away. The location close to the road is non-offensive and one still feels a sense of escapism.

A must see, regardless of a dry vlei or not
Written 3 October 2017
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Allister B
Cape Town, South Africa99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
It's our 3rd visit and we were well impressed yet again. Also impressed that they upgraded their beds. Calm and relaxing environment with stunning sunset views and wildlife.
Written 19 August 2019
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WhiteRoseRAS
Western Cape, South Africa6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Family
The new eco-chalets are well equipped and really comfortable, making it easy to relax and absorb the beauty of the surroundings and the animal and bird life.
The staff were friendly and helpful and the opportunity to borrow bikes was great.
The pan and the hides were great for birdwatching and made a very enjoyable bike ride, as did the route to the beach which is breathtaking and completely unspoiled.
10 out of 10 Cape Nature, Rocherpan is a winner and we wish it every success as a destination.
Written 5 August 2015
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Michael D
Old basing169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We visited Rocherpan at the wrong time of year for the birds - the vlei was dry and there was very little bird life. The walk round the vlei was good and the beach made for an interesting visit as there was a red-tide at the time of our visit.
The proximity to the road means there is often the noise of vehicles, which can be quite disturbing when they are heavy goods.
The cabins are very nice although somewhere to sit that is both shaded from the sun and the wind would be nice. We had our own comfortable chairs with us, but the wind still blew strongly across the veranda to inhibit relaxing there.
Also, the toilet is a dry toilet - with fan. This is not normally a problem, but with Eskom load-shedding, the smell appears quickly once the power goes off.
Written 26 February 2015
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Sam R
Cape Town Central, South Africa89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We didn't know what to expect and we were really pleasantly surprised. The cabins are brilliantly designed, and tastefully furnished. The views are incredible. The beach pristine. If you want a whole lot of nature, this is the place to be.
Tips: the composting loo works well, but leave the fan on.
We stayed in Otstercatcher. Looks like that is the cabin to choose.
Written 11 May 2014
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