Where to Stay
What to Do
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.
Rocherpan currently has eight eco-cabins available to be booked for accommodation, with the four newest cabins having just opened. Click Here to download a map of the reserve to see where the cabins, pan, beach, and hiking trails are. Please call our reservations office to make your booking.
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How to get there
Rocherpan lies 25 km north of Velddrif on the coastal road. Velddrif can be reached on the West Coast Road (R27), that starts in Cape Town and takes you through Milnerton before running along the coast through Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand and Langebaan.
GPS: 32 36 53.47 S 18 18 6.73 E
Please Note: Bird spotting on the reserve is highly dependent on the water in the pans. Thus, not guaranteed.
Office hours: 08:00–16:30
Tel: +27 (0)87 087 4177
Emergency number: +27 (0)67 412 9922
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250
What our guests say
Self-catering accommodation from R910
Day Access = R50; Overnight fee = R40
Day Access = R30; Overnight fee = R20