‘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...
Join Princess Vlei Forum
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...
Thanks to all who have donated to the Princess Vlei Forum. We do not charge a membership fee, as we do not want to exclude anyone, but we always need funds to support our projects and implement improvements at Princess Vlei.
What would you like to see at Princess Vlei?
The City has assured us that they will be engaging the community to find out what people would like to see at Princess Vlei. Make your voice heard by filling in our online survey...
Who should join the conversation?
Help us create a list of community stakeholders who should be invited to help develop a vision for Princess Vlei.
Flight of Dreams
Carnival and Parade
This is an annual event to celebrate our youth, our bird life, our community and our vlei. Teachers, youth workers, anyone old or young who wants to have fun... Join the carnival and let you creativity flow... read more.
Imagine Princess Vlei project was awarded Highly Commended recognition for Outstanding Achievement in the Developing World at the IAP2 International Awards in Australia
24 April: Save The Birds
The year is 3015. The world is full of sounds - bleeps, sirens, robotic voices, machinery. But not a twitter, or a chirp, or a squawk can be heard. Where have the birds gone?
Saving the Birds for the future was the task of our 40 young ‘time travellers’ in role play game to learn about birds at Princess Vlei. Read more.
14 March: Cleaning up the Princess
Princess Vlei is looking a little more sparkly thanks to the volunteers who came to the Clean Up day on Saturday March 14, and collected about 30 bags of litter. The event was organised by the Princess Vlei Forum, which is working with the City and the Community to transform Princess Vlei into a pristine nature and heritage site. Read more.
14 December: Explore Princess Vlei
A number of Princess Vlei supporters (some with four legs) turned out for our walk around Princess Vlei on 14 December 2014
Dalton Gibbs, regional manager of the City of Cape Town's Biodiversity Management Branch, addressed the gathering on on the fascinating ecological history of Princess Vlei. Read more
27 September: Flight of Dreams Carnival and Concert:
The birds of Princess Vlei were well and truly celebrated by the Flight of Dreams Carnival and Concert on 27 September. The Flight of Dreams was a moving and beautiful event, made possible by the hard work and creativity of many working together. Read more
24 September: Painting the Princess
Heritage Day marked a significant moment in the history of Princess Vlei when Alderman Belinda Walker thanked the Princess Vlei Forum for their tenacity. Ald Walker was representing the City of Cape Town with Cllr Ian Iversen. The two planted a tree to symbolise the beginning of a new era for Princess Vlei. Read more....
30 August: Flight of Dreams workshop
Sixty teenagers, some inspired educators, some sticky tape and paper, the inspiration of the birds of Princess Vlei, and three hours of intense creativity... All you need to produce five incredible bird inspired puppets to be set flying at our Flight of Dreams Parade on 27 September... read more
28 June: Imagine Princess Vlei - The way forward
‘This is how we would like the City to talk to the community about Princess Vlei: with transparency, accountability, inclusivity and mutual respect.’
This was the overall message from a diverse group of people who gave up the rugby and soccer on Saturday to attend a workshop hosted by the Princess Vlei Forum... read more
29 April: Landscapes and Identity
Dr Ian McCallum, psychoanalyst, poet, author, lecturer and Wilderness Leader, was the keynote speaker at an event – ‘Landscapes and Identity’ - hosted recently by Princess Vlei Forum in Grassy Parkl. The theme of the evening, that identity is tied inextricably to place, threaded through all the presentations.... read more.
25 April: Meet the Birds
Over one hundred learners from local schools were treated to an exquisite windless autumn day at Princess Vlei when they came to Meet the Birds on April 25th. The event was co-ordinated by the Princess Vlei Forum, the Children’s Art Centre, and Frank Joubert Art Centre as part of the Flight of Dreams programme... read more.