Rocherpan: A unique West Coast gem

by CapeNature

Just two hours up the West Coast from Cape Town, Rocherpan Nature Reserve is a tiny oasis of beauty and calm that should be a must-visit for everyone. Just look at this fantastic video, put together by The Good Holiday, to see what we mean.

Staying at Rocherpan


Rocherpan currently has eight eco-cabins available to be booked for accommodation, with the four newest cabins having opened in 2015.

Sandpiper, Oystercatcher, Kingfisher, Flamingo

These four cottages are the smaller options at Rocherpan, each ideal for couples, or small families with one or two young children. They’re well-equipped for a comfortable stay with modern amenities and facilities, and keen birders will enjoy the easy access to the reserve’s bird hides, while bird spotting can also be done from the comfort of the private deck overlooking the reserve, which also features a private braai area. The cabins are R750 per night off-peak and R950 per night in peak season, with a maximum of two adults and two small children permitted per cabin. Find out more here.

Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler

Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler are the four new double bedroom cabins available at Rocherpan. Each cabin has a double bed, 2 single beds and a futon, sleeping a maximum of five adults or four adults and two children under 12. The cabins look over the vlei, providing an ideal venue for birdwatching from the large private deck, which also features a built-in braai, while the waterless toilets and rain water system ensure that the cabins have as little impact on the environment as possible. Each cabin is R950 per night off-peak, and R1250 in peak season, for up to four people per night, with an extra R150 per person per night up to a maximum of five. Find out more here.

If you’d like to book a stay at Rocherpan Nature Reserve, give us a call on (021) 483 0190 or email for more information.

About Rocherpan Nature Reserve


Photo: Darell Lourens/The Good Holiday


Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei that is usually dry between March and June. Rocherpan was established as a nature reserve (930 hectares in size) in 1966, and the adjacent section of the Atlantic Ocean was declared a marine reserve in 1988 (150 hectares in size).

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 water birds, 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.

One Comment

  • Karen Watkins

    May 8, 2018 7:18 pm

    Good day
    We are a hiking club of mainly single people. We would like to book for Sat and Sun Sept 1 and 2 for six people, possibly more and would like to know if you have availability and the cost.

    Thank you


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