‘Don’t rob us, don’t rob our children and don’t rob our grandchildren of the beauty that’s been given to us...’ - Edward Copperfield
About Princess Vlei
The Princess Vlei is the gateway to the wetland system that runs through Grassy Park, purifying the water before it runs into the sea. The Vlei has a big history, and has long been treasured by the many citizens who have enjoyed its beauty and tranquility. recently, the community won a huge victory in stopping the proposed development of a shopping mall. Watch the video below to learn more about our work, or read more...
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The Princess Vlei Forum is working with the City of Cape Town on the ongoing improvement and management of Princess Vlei. All are welcome to join us. Read more...
View the City of Cape Town's Finalised Conceptual Development Framework for the Greater Princess Vlei Area
Princess Vlei is open again for all to enjoy. Please wear your masks, keep your distance and stay safe!
Feb 3: World Wetlands Day at Princess Vlei
To the dragonfly nymph of Princess Vlei, thank you for allow us to visit your eco-system.... These messages were written by learners to express their gratitude to the creatures of Princess Vlei, during the World Wetlands Day event on February 3. Nearly 200 learners from Lotus High and Zeekovlei High attended the event, which was hosted jointly by the Princess Vlei Forum (PVF) and the Western Cape Wetlands Forum (WCWF). Read More
Dec 20: We will miss you, Mr Johnson
We were very saddened by the news of the passing of Mr Edward John Johnson on 18 November, aged 95. He was one of the stalwarts who assisted in the community victory to save Princess Vlei from commercial development. Born, in 1924, Mr Johnson lived for most of his life nearby Princess Vlei. Read More
Dec 12: Seeking Toads at the Toad Camp
We know a lot more about toad activity around Princess Vlei, thanks to the members of the Lotus Princess Guardian Club who attended the overnight Western leopard Toad Camp at Princess Vlei Eco Centre. The learners were guided in their work by the Western Leopard Toad workbook created by the Forum’s environmental education team last year. Read More
Nov 30: Tounché: Shifting perspectives
Connecting with nature is essential to help us heal ourselves and the planet. This was one of the many messages that the Lotus Princess Guardians took away from the 3rd Edition of the Tounché Global Consciousness Summit in Tulbagh on November 30. The project aims to forge deep connections around the world to create an international community that can manifest healing and change. Read More
Nov 28: Boating with toads
Princess Vlei has long been home to hundreds of Western leopard toads every year – but there was some unusual toad activity there in the past few days. On November 28, forty children from Levana Primary and Primrose Primary stepped into the toad’s flippers and explored Princess Vlei from the perspective of a toad. Read More
Nov 26: Strong trees for strong women
What came first - the pollinators or the plants?
the-princess-and-the-pollinators.htmlWe did not manage to answer this question at the Princess and the Pollinator event – but the children of Buck Road Primary made some wonderful discoveries about pollinators at Princess Vlei. Read More
Sept 21: March of the Guardians
This is the Great Sky Goddess. She protects all the creatures of the sky such as sea birds, wetland birds, and flying insects
This is how Damica Fortuin (16) from Lotus High introduced one of the Nature Guardian figures installed at Princess Vlei on Saturday 21 September. Read More
Aug 09: Strong trees for strong women
Several generations of strong women came together to Princess Vlei on August 9 to plant 30 trees and to honour our women heroes, past and present - in celebration of National Women’s Day and theInternational Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Read More
June 11: Today we are planting wolves
This was the message from restoration consultant Alex Lansdowne at the planting event on 11 June. Speaking to the one hundred and twenty children who had gathered to help with the planting, Alex explained that the difference between a cultivated plant in a garden and a wild plant is like the difference between a dog and a wolf. Read More