CapeNature Rocherpan Reserve (video)

Video courtesy of CapeNature and The Good Holiday.

Has this video inspired you? 

If this video inspired you, then here is some practical information on the reserve. You can read more on the activities the reserve has to offer and off-grid living at Rocherpan HERE.


  • When full in winter months, the pan is 6 km long and around 2 m deep, covering 110 ha.
  • The seasonal vlei is generally dry from March to June. However, this can be as long as January to June depending on rainfall conditions and upstream catchment management, where unregulated water abstractions by farmers are an issue, especially in times of drought.

Bird watching Rocherpan


  • Four one bedroom Eco-cabins (sleeps 2 comfortably and 4 max) – open plan, one double bed and sleeper couch
  • Four two bedroom Eco-cabins (sleeps 4 comfortably and 6 max) – universal access, one double and one twin room plus sleeper couch.
  • All cabins have a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, lounge area with dining table, indoors fire place, and an outdoors deck area with braai and picnic table.
  • Bedding, towels and some toiletries are provided.
  • Reception only sells some very basic provisions, so you need to bring your own.
  • Pets are not welcome.
  • Accommodation bookings through CapeNature.

Please click on any of the pictures below to view in full size.


  • Birdwatching: 183 bird species are recorded on the reserve, including 70 water birds. The reserve offers 3 spacious and well-positioned bird hides with universal access.
  • Wildflower season during August and September.
  • Two hiking trails: Rocherpan Trail (9 km) around the pan and Beach Trail (7 km) to the Lookout Point and back along the beach.
  • Mountain biking on the jeep tracks with mountain bikes for hire from the office.
  • Two picnic areas with braais, picnic tables and ablution blocks.
  • Beach with swimming and fishing from the shore. Please note that fishing permit needs to be obtained from the local post office, as the reserve does not issue permits.

Read more on Rocherpan Nature Reserve by:
Leigh Harding, model extraordinaire, from Pretty Mint HERE
Alfred Thorpe, although he will always be Vuurtoring to me, from Let there be Light HERE
CapeNature HERE
And the one and only Dee from The Good Holiday HERE

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