This is not a game reserve so don’t expect to see the big five here, but this is most certainly a birders paradise, with more than a 180 bird species being recorded here. Some of the bigger birds include ducks , flamingos and pelicans and in summer more than 10 000 birds have been counted here.
The botanists also don’t have to feel left out, and in true Cape Fynbos style, more than 220 different plant species have been recorded in this 560 hectare reserve.
When you want to spend a day outdoors in Cape town, specially summer, and you want to light a fire, you have to choose your day wisely. The south Easter can be be extremely unpleasant, and on this wide open body of water I am sure the wind will blow more than just the hat of your head. On these windy days it is better to find a secluded picnic area on one of the many wine estates. Fortunately I must have done one good deed for the week as the weather played along beautifully the day that we decided to visit Rietvlei.
As this is a nature reserve, and there is a small entrance fee charged at the gate, but this is a negligible price to pay if you consider all the activities you have to your disposal and you have the use of the braai/picnic facilities, with clean ablutions in a safe environment.
The only disappointment at this reserve was the lack of trees. It did look as if an attempt was made to plant a few trees, but there was way to little. One or two trees around each braai would have made Rietvlei Lagoon a much more appealing place to spend the day at, so be sure to bring your umbrella or gazebo along.
This must be a fisherman’s paradise as most of the groups spending the day at the waters edge were very much into their fishing. Whole family’s, from young to old were parked under gazebos and umbrellas, trying to catch that big one, and by the looks of it, there is plenty of fish to go around.
Other activities include wake boarding, windsurfing, sailing, radio controlled sailing, bird watching and there is a network of paths around the lake to enjoy.
|Rietvlei Wetland Reserve|
|Tel no||021 444 0315||G.P.S.||
|Nearest Town||Table View||Max Persons|
|Distance from Town||Chalets/Cottages|
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