Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

Situated close to Germiston and Alberton in Johannesburg’s East Rand region, the Rondebult Bird Sanctuary is a 95-hectare wetland, that is home to over 190 species of incredible birdlife, some of which are migrants. Originally a sewage site, the region was redeveloped with marshlands, reedbeds, dams and grasslands, which attract a rich array of birdlife.

There is a network of pathways linking the eight well-maintained hides which overlook the sanctuary’s three large pans, ideal for any birdwatcher. Each bird hide is locked to prevent sabotage and damage. The security guard on duty at the gate can provide you with the keys to the hides if you would like to make use of them.

Birds which can be seen at the sanctuary include African Snipe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Orange breasted Waxbill, Marsh Owl (in winter), Little Bittern, Maccoa Duck, Greater Flamingo, African Wattled Lapwing, Great Reed-Warbler and Purple Gallinule. In summer this list is boosted by a large contingent of migratory birds including Yellow Wagtail and a variety of swallows, cuckoos and warblers. Mammals present include blesbok, springbok, reedbuck and slender mongoose.

At the entrance you’ll find information boards telling you about the sanctuary, toilets and basic picnic facilities.

Admission

Free

Visiting hours

Open daily 07:00 - 17:00

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary. Photo courtesy <a href='http://www.simplybirding.com/shop/images/RondebultHide.jpg'>simplybirding</a>

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary. Photo courtesy simplybirding

Image courtesy of <a href='http://birdsanctuarydairy.blogspot.com/'>Bird Sanctuary Diary</a>

Image courtesy of Bird Sanctuary Diary

Image courtesy of <a href='http://birdsanctuarydairy.blogspot.com/'>Bird Sanctuary Diary</a>

Image courtesy of Bird Sanctuary Diary

Image courtesy of <a href='http://birdsanctuarydairy.blogspot.com/'>Bird Sanctuary Diary</a>

Image courtesy of Bird Sanctuary Diary