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Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

  • 4.1

  • from 507 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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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site




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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 507 Google reviews

Derik van Aswegen

9 months ago


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

8 months ago


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

Ugene Sanjit

a month ago


Great place . Very informative. Should definitely take a look. Newly revamped . Entrance R40

Jacques Swanepoel

7 months ago


Unfortunately not open. Would have been nice to have info on construction before we left our accommodation. Luckily restaurant across street made up for disappointed.

Andre Nel

a month ago


The birds here are impressive - well worth five stars and the staff are courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. But the Cape Nature management are awful - even by government standards. As a researcher, I followed the correct channels to make a small request, but was duly fobbed off in hasty annoyance by an official who was far too busy with other work. (The "other work", by the way, turned out to be appeasing another group of annoyed customers) Cape Nature have a formidable reputation for coming down hard on poachers, which is a good thing, but they are really lousy at public relations. Regrettably, they still need to learn the lesson that the war of conservation can only only be won with the support of the public.

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