Did you know about the Paarl Bird Sanctuary at the Waste Water Treatment Works?
The Paarl Bird Sanctuary, set against the magnificent backdrop of the Du Toit’s Kloof mountains and Paarl Rock, is one of South Africa’s best birding sites for waterfowl. It forms an integral part of the Drakenstein Waste Water Treatment Works, covering some 41ha and with five large areas of open water which are the maturation or back-up ponds. The sanctuary was the fulfillment of the ambition of Paarl’s Municipal Engineering Department and some enthusiastic birders and was officially recognized by the then Town Council in 1993.
Entrance to the sanctuary is free of charge, but all visitors must sign the book at the gate.
Gate hours are from 07h30 to 16h00 daily please note that on weekdays access is limited to the works area only (i.e. pans E2 and E3).
At weekends the bird sanctuary is open and security officials are on duty in the area. Please stay in your car and do not wander around if you are alone. Take a security official with you, then you can concentrate on your birding.
Visitors should exercise the same reasonable caution as is necessary in any public space these days. (The information is supplied by Jo Hobbs.)
The Sanctuary is open:
08:00 to 16:00 (week days) and
08:00 to 17:00 (weekends and public holidays)
For more information please contact on +27(0)021 872 4972 or +27(0)21 807 4500.
Security Purposes: Contact +27(0)21 807 4715.
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