Bird Island Nature Reserve
Bird Island Nature Reserve
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Rick W
Sevenoaks, UK2 134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Bird island was amazing! We visited in February to see 30,000 Cape Gannets nesting and flying around. After a lovely cup of coffee in Isabellas restaurant, we walked out along the causeway (40 rand per person) to see the colony of gannets. There is a bird hide with a guide to tell you about things, but you can also just stand there and watch the gannets performing various rituals. There is also a shop with a short video and an exhibition hall with some sea animal skeletons. The guide told us that by May all the birds would have disappeared far out to sea. Behind the gannet colony are a mass of seals in the distance. Too far away to see clearly though. We spent several hours there and found it fascinating and impressive. On the way back we also spotted some Cormorants preening themselves. Lamberts Bay does have some gorgeous sandy beaches for sunbathing (but no shade!) and although the water was cold, I did manage a quick swim!
Written 26 February 2024
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uk family
Heybridge, UK125 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The kids loved it here. My daughter is a little apprehensive of birds but she enjoyed it too. The birds were beautiful and the whole site was lovely. The man in the bird tower was very knowledgeable.
Written 26 December 2023
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Riki Coetzee
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This place has been closed for months, a d will be until well into November. Their website fails to say why, but the locals were told its for maintenance. Locals gave invited Cape Nature to attend tourism meetings to discuss the possibility of closing only the affected areas, but they "were not interested". What is really going on there?
Written 21 September 2022
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Loma
Blantyre, Malawi81 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Unfortunately Bird Island is CLOSED. They locked the gates due apparent construction works. We could however not see any works going on. We had to look at the birds from afar.
Written 4 August 2022
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Elzabe D
Pretoria, South Africa85 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
Wait with a meal until you finished your tour to the island the smell is very potent and ripe. Put some Vicks or perfume under your nose to help you cope with the smell.
Written 29 December 2021
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa424 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
There are only 6 Gannet colonies & this is the only one people can visit for a fairly close up view. Fortunately it is still breeding season when we visited on 17 Dec 2021 so we saw the 23 - 24000 Gannets as per our guide. What a sight , there were numerous chicks amongst the masses . Quite a noisy bunch but really fascinating . You able to go up to a viewing deck & view without glass , the lower section has a glass front . They are quite beautiful birds with their yellow heads & blue eyes . We also managed to see a few seals. The cost is R50pp & free if you have a Wild Card. Its located within the harbour & has a little museum with a few dolphin , gannet etc skeletons . There is a restaurant within the harbour . Along the breakwater wall there are also numerous man made cormorant platforms to encourage breeding . Was a wonderful experience & a privilege being so close to nature
Written 20 December 2021
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Miggels
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Family
We really enjoyed our visit to Bird Island. You must go in mating season though otherwise the birds will not be there. The guides in the information centre overlooking the birds were very informative and happy to answer all our questions.
The other information centre was being refurbished so we couldn’t go inside.
Well worth visiting when the birds are there.
Written 11 November 2021
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MyGeld
South Africa315 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The close proximity to the birds, huddled in their thousands is a great experience! There a multiple seals on the rocks behind the birds and staff were well informed and eager to share their knowledge!
Written 5 September 2020
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dacabs
Winston Park, South Africa456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We were fascinated by the Cape Gannets o this island. Wonderful information Centre that is in form of a hide allows you to view the gannets up close. The guide is able to answer all ones questions about these amazing birds. All their behavior is explained. Highly recommended. There are also cormorant nests to view but no information unfortunately. Sea gulls too. Various boards dotted around give information of history and nature. Strange thing is you do not pay at entrance but rather at far end of island.... perhaps some people skip paying? Great photo opportunities
Written 26 August 2020
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Anne N
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK52 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Certaily lives up to its name: there were tens of thousands of birds on the island, But be prepared for the stench of amonia. The hide was out of use when we visitied, so we were not charged an entrance fee. I don't think the lack of hide distracted us from our enjoyment.
Written 14 March 2020
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