THERE’S MORE TO DIE OOG THAN MEETS THE EYE
In the middle of suburbia is Die Oog. It’s not apparent at first glance, but this conservation area is teeming with life. The dam, the fynbos, the frogs, the birds, the shrubs and wetland below the dam all interact with each other, creating a wonderful surviving bio-diverse area. Every day offers different sightings, from hundreds of birds in the early evening to terrapins sunning themselves on hot summer days. Come and experience it for yourself. Enjoy the viewpoint, have a quiet picnic or just sit on one of the benches and enjoy the sounds. It’s also a great spot for geocaching!
Die Oog belongs to the City of Cape Town, is currently designated as a Conservation Area and is included in the City of Cape Town Nature Reserves Handbook.
FLORA AT DIE OOG
The area of Granitic Fynbos which is extremely endangered is of particular botanical significance. Although parched during the summer months, between August and October it provides a spectacular display of colour from the myriad of geophytes that bloom. Throughout the year there are many species of flora that can be seen. These include Erica verticillata, which has only recently been introduced to the wild again. The dam is surrounded by indigenous plants which aid in the conservation of the area.
FROGS AT DIE OOG
Die Oog is one of the main breeding sites in the Western Cape for the endangered Western Leopard Toad. During their breeding season, many are killed by passing cars when crossing roads. Thankfully there is increased awareness in the media of this migration. The Leopard Toads breed in Die Oog around August so PLEASE be extra aware around this time. The Western Cape, in particular, has an array of frog diversity and quite a few amphibians can be heard and spotted in Die Oog.
DID YOU KNOW?
Please do not feed the ducks. Whilst feeding them bread might seem helpful, unfortunately, it has very few of the nutrients that ducks need. And once you’re full of bread, who wants to forage? Some occasional corn, duck pellets, lettuce, other greens (torn into small pieces), peas, oats, seeds (including birdseed or other varieties) are more appropriate. However, please remember that the ducks have plenty of natural food sources, so it’s best to simply enjoy watching them have fun in the water.
VISIT DIE OOG
Die Oog is open to the public daily between 6.30am and 6.30pm. Entrance is free, but donations are welcome.
Visit us for a picnic, among the flora and fauna in a tranquil setting.