False Bay Ecology Park

False Bay Ecology Park is 1200 hectares that includes Rondevlei Nature Reserve and Zeekoevlei Nature Reserves

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe False Bay Ecology Park

False Bay Ecology Park, FBEP for short, lies in Cape Town and is 1200 hectares that includes Rondevlei Nature Reserve and Zeekoevlei Nature Reserves, a strip of the coast, the Cape Flats Waste Water Treatment Works, and the Coast Park landfill site.

Aside from being a major green lung within the city, and supplying treatment and disposal of waste, the Reserve also has the potential for recreation, ecotourism, as well as social and economic upliftment.

Already its wetland system is amongst one of the top five bird watching areas in Southern Africa, according to Getaway magazine, and it is regarded as important for world migratory birds who use it either as a post or as a final destination on world migratory flight paths.

Over 168 species of bird have been recorded, 76 of which are freshwater wetland species, and 18 coastal species that roost and breed here.

Most of the birds are found in what the False Bay Ecology Park calls the IBA, or Important Bird Area, and they are fairly proud of the fact that the abundance of water birds has increased since the 1950s. It helps that the IBA is so close to the ocean. The park is hard at work to conserve the local fauna and flora as a national heritage and a RAMSAR site in the future.

False Bay Ecology Park is also home to Cape Town's only hippo population.

Visit Rondevlei and walk the footpaths, use the bird hides to view birds (or hippos) and see the breeding colony of sacred ibis.

There is also an aquarium and museum, and guided school outings.

Take a boat trip to secluded water bird habitats, sail, row or catch fish on Zeekoeivlei, bird watch on the Waste Water Treatment Ponds, or surf on the stip of coastline that belongs to the park.

Popular Activities near False Bay Ecology Park

Penguin Sea Kayak Trip

Where? Simons Town
The African Penguin colony that inhabits the beaches and unique rock formations of the Western Cape coastline continues to lure tourists from all over the world to learn more about these marine birds and their delightful antics...

More info and contact details: Penguin Sea Kayak Trip

Cape Town Cycle Tours

Where? Fish Hoek
There are so many beautiful routes to ride you will not be disappointed. From the scenic Chapmans Peak Pass with its wonderful views over the Atlantic, the historic naval base at Simons Town overlooking False Bay or the undulating Old Boyes Drive...

More info and contact details: Cape Town Cycle Tours

Did you know?

"The park has 5 Species of water birds that exceed 30% of the total Western Cape population, while another 5 species exceed 50% of the total Western Cape population and 4 Species that represent 100% of the total Western Cape population" ~ Source: False Bay Ecology Park.

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