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Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

  • 4.2

  • from 488 Google reviews

A flock of seagulls flying in the sky
A flock of seagulls flying in the sky

About the garden

Bird Island lies about 100 m off the shore of Lambert’s Bay on the Cape’s West Coast. It offers visitors a rare opportunity to see the blue-eyed Cape gannet up close. Bird Island is one of only six sites world-wide where Cape gannets breed, and it is the only breeding site easily accessible to the public.

The island, which is almost three hectares in size, is connected to the mainland via a breakwater. It is an important breeding and roosting site for seabirds, particularly Cape gannets and cormorants. Cape fur seals can be seen sunning themselves on the island’s rocks.

In the island’s well-situated gannet lookout, visitors can get close to the birds and witness their unique mating dances. The bird hide is signposted with interesting information about these seabirds and their habits.

Opening times

Office Hours | 08h00 to 18h00

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No cafe or restaurant on site

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None

8130

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Google reviews

  • 4.2

  • from 488 Google reviews

Beate Van Rooyen

2 weeks ago

5

This magical location in Lambert's Bay is the home to some special bird species that made this their forever home. It is a short walk over the harber edges next to the roaring ocean waves, until you reach the sanctuary where these birds are kept safe. A local guide tells you all about their living and breading routines and there you can see thousands of these birds keeping their eggs safe and having a fish treat. The small roads lead to a museum with different animal skeletons that show you a lot about how different water species move around in the waves. Unforgettable experience with the family and would do it again any day! Highly recommend for you nect trip to Lambert's Bay!

Derik van Aswegen

a month ago

4

Well worth the time spent. Almost skipped it but so glad we did not. Don't go during the winter as they migrate away then. Very informative and nice and easy enough to explore and learn by just reading the boards. Enjoyed it!

Jeevan Yerraji

in the last week

5

Great place for bird viewing. Entrance fee needed. Can be closed in winter due to migration. Some dirt road travel if coming from north.

Gavin Robinson

a year ago

5

Amazing place

Joline Goddard

a month ago

5

Wow! Well worth a visit. Beautifully laid out. The guide was so informative. Thank you.

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087 087 8250

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