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Cape Gannet Colony - Bird Island

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Cape Gannet Colony - Bird Island

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When Is the Best Time 

Birds Island is a year-round destination with a size of three hectares. Most interesting is the mating ritual between April and August. Breeding season from August/September until March.

The opening hours are depending on summer and winter time. Opening at 7 a.m. closing in summer at 7 p.m. and winter at 5 p.m.

South Africa, Lambert's Bay
Review and Tips 

The gannets may remain together for several years. The mating rituals are spectacular to observe. The incubation of the egg lasts more than 40 days. It is a very rare opportunity to watch the blue-eyed cape gannet close. It is one of only six colonies which exist in the world. Of course, it is bad-smelling, but the bird hide provides a unique opportunity to come very close to the mating dances. The reserve is protected by Cape Nature. The island is also giving shelter to cape cormorants, penguins, and the Cape fur seals.

Lambert's Bay is a quiet and charming village. Nights in winter are cold. Summer is the season for fresh lobster.

More information about the Bird Island Nature Reserve