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Rietvlei Lagoon with Table Mountain in the background

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.

Seagulls and Table Mountain at Rietvlei Lagoon

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.

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Rietvlei Wet­land Reserve
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Tel no 021 444 0315 G.P.S.


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Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many pic­nic sites, but this is what we thought should not be for­got­ten.

1. Cam­era

2. Gazebo or umbrella

3. Fish­ing equipment

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