West Coast – Lamberts Bay
About the Birding
This small island provides the visitor with fantastic views of the Cape Gannet from the bird hide. This is especially so during the breeding season between September and January, when the birds congregate in thousands to breed. On the furthest western section of the island is a Cape Fur Seal colony that can be observed from the bird hide as well. African Penguin that used to inhabit the island can still be seen loafing on the small sandy beach on the north side of the island near the museum building.
About the Birding Site
Lamberts Bay is a small fishing village 250 km north of Cape Town. There are several ways to reach the town, the quickest would be along the N7 to Piketberg then the R366 to Het Kruis and then the R365 to Lamberts Bay. The alternate route would be the R27 to Velddrif and then the coastal road through Dwarskersbos and Elands Bay to Lamberts Bay. From a birding perspective there are two notable sites, Jakkalsvlei wetland on the northern edge of the town and Bird Island, which is accessible via a causeway from the fishing harbour.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Admission: Adults: R50
The coordinates for access point onto the island are 32⁰ 05’ 32.2”S + 18⁰ 18” 06.2”E, which is accessed via the harbour entrance gate at 32⁰ 05’ 34.4”S + 18⁰ 18” 09.0”E.
Access is via a causeway that connects the mainland to the island which from a safety aspect is closed during heavy seas.