Rondebosch Common has a long history as an open space for public use. This valuable 40 hectare block lies in a built-up area surrounded by established homes, schools and hospitals.
The area supports a natural remnant of the critically endangered Cape Flats Sand fynbos, with patches of renosterveld, and is also a seasonal wetland. Over 300 plant species have been verified on the site, of which nine appear in the Red Data List, two of them being such as Ixia monadelpha (EN) and Podalyria sericea (NT). 110 different bird species have also been recorded.
Rondebosch Common is very popular among local residents, who can be seen jogging, walking their dogs, exercising and enjoying the open space every day.
A Friends Group is actively involved at this site and management input is provided by the Biodiversity Management branch.