Things To Do in Somerset WestDick Dent Bird Sanctuary
Where? Broadway Boulevard, Somerset West, Cape Helderberg, Western Cape
How? Call +27 021 855-3945
How much? Price on request
As home to the greatest diversity of alien bird species in the country, the province of the Western Cape is the ideal spot for the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary. This sanctuary is located in Somerset West, just outside Cape Town, and boasts a number of impressive avian species, including the Ethiopian snipe. Even a mute swan, which is locally extinct, makes its occasional appearance at Dick Dent, delighting onlookers.
This natural wetland continues to lure avid ornithologists and wildlife photographers, who want an authentic experience within an environment of natural abundance. The bird hide is a particularly popular spot as it allows spectators to enjoy the views without being a hindrance or nuisance to the birds.
This wetland, situated close to the Lourens River, was once the wastewater treatment works. However, its 25 acres is now dedicated to conservation initiatives that maintain its natural wetland status. It is formally part of the Lourens River Protected Natural Environments initiative.
The spectacular Lourens River is 23 kilometres long and extends from the Hottentots Holland mountain range to Strand, a small coastal area. Along its banks, the famous endemic fynbos can be found, as well as exotic plants, farms and even developed areas.
Members of the Somerset West Bird Club have undertaken to maintain the sanctuary. They are aided by a conservator, who is responsible for the management of the Lourens River, Dick Dent and Harmony Flats Reserves. Unfortunately, due to its isolated location, the Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary is sometimes vandalised. Therefore, visitors are advised to travel in groups, and not to venture out alone.