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Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary<p>​The Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary is a section of the Liesbeek River between the Hartleyvale football ground and the South African Astronomical Observatory. The sanctuary features grassy picnic sites and shady trees along the busy Liesbeek Parkway. The area is a birder’s paradise and includes species such as the sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus) and Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus). The more secretive herons, coots, ducks and smaller birds hide in the reeds across the river. Raapenberg is recognised as an important breeding site for many duck species.</p><p>Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary is part of the new Two Rivers Urban Park (TRUP), which is destined to be an important open space within Cape Town. All the landowners and stakeholders within the TRUP will work together to integrate the sensitive river and wetland systems, rich cultural background, and developed areas of the parkland. </p><p>The park includes the Provincial Heritage Sites of the South African Astronomical Observatory (erected in 1827), Valkenberg homestead (1830) (now the Courtyard Hotel), Valkenberg Hospital (1899), the Nieuwe Molen windmill, and the Oude Molen farmhouse complex. Large sporting facilities, such as Hartleyvale, Malta Park and the River Club, are also part of the TRUP.</p><p>Management priorities are to rehabilitate the polluted rivers for recreational activities, to control alien vegetation and create walkways along the rivers.</p>GP0|#754dde40-8789-4494-9113-50ac9121fd42;L0|#0754dde40-8789-4494-9113-50ac9121fd42|Nature appreciation;GTSet|#153637b8-411d-4bf7-8214-7237f5d775f0;GP0|#f9aed8f1-9d9c-4f45-90f7-4b8ff8598113;L0|#0f9aed8f1-9d9c-4f45-90f7-4b8ff8598113|Picnics and braaing;GP0|#8c6dc6f7-988e-4d11-b49b-c6d597735555;L0|#08c6dc6f7-988e-4d11-b49b-c6d597735555|Sport and exercise<h4>​General enquiries</h4><p> <em>Telephone: </em> <br> <em><a>021 701 1233</a>​</em></p>GP0|#d8bc60f1-6d27-43ef-a97f-5943b60c56d2;L0|#0d8bc60f1-6d27-43ef-a97f-5943b60c56d2|Sports facilities;GTSet|#4be4596d-cdfe-41f7-a569-9d9c4e16c716;GP0|#605eae2c-2e48-4791-aa2f-b61e8c94e9ab;L0|#0605eae2c-2e48-4791-aa2f-b61e8c94e9ab|Picnic areas;GP0|#4059c200-d932-4fdc-acc0-4ef6e125bf4a;L0|#04059c200-d932-4fdc-acc0-4ef6e125bf4a|River accessObservatory Road, Observatory<img alt="" src="" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />





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