|RONDEBULT BIRD SANCTUARY
Rondebult Bird Sanctuary outside the East Rand town of Germiston, is the most visited bird sanctuary in the province.
It consists of 94 ha of vlei or marshland and projects more than 150 bird species. The purple gallinule and avocet are among them.
Rondebult is an easily accessible wetland for residents and visitors to Gauteng, with a reputation for excellent birding. There are eight hides situated on three large pans with accessible viewing. Of the 190 odd species recorded, 60 are breeding species and 30 are migrants.
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Little Bittern, Greater Flamingo, Maccoa Duck, African Snipe, African Wattled Lapwing, Marsh Owl, Great Reed-Warbler, Yellow Wagtail and Orange-breasted Waxbill. Large numbers of migrant waders gather in autumn.
The wetland is well maintained with secure parking, toilet and basic picnic facilities and full-time security controlling access into the facility. The Wildlife Society has use of the offices and there is a basic educational display in the main recreational building, which also houses the toilets. The hides are comfortable and well maintained with good seating and are definitely photography friendly. Most of the hides can support between 6-8 people sitting side-by-side. For larger groups it is recommended that birders split up into smaller parties and circulate through the various hides.
Rondebult is a short drive (approx. 25 minutes) from Johannesburg International Airport and within an hours drive from Pretoria. The sanctuary is open daily throughout the year from 07h00 to 17h00 and is found by heading south from Johannesburg on the N3 highway. The sanctuary is well signed posted and after turning left at the R103/R554 (Heidelberg / Alberton road) off-ramp and the sanctuary is on the right hand side of the road after approximately 9 km. The entrance is directly opposite the junction with the R554 and Forsdick road.