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Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

  • 4.1

  • from 497 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

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site




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Google reviews

  • 4.1

  • from 497 Google reviews

Derik van Aswegen

6 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

4 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.

Jacques Swanepoel

3 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.

Leon Van Der Westhuizen

5 months ago


Very interesting and well worth visiting. "Patrick and Jasper will look after your car".

Matshidiso Malatji

2 months ago


Child friendly place. The bench made from a whale bone was a highlight for me...

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087 087 8250

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