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Fascinating spot for bird lovers

It was completely unexpected to find this small lake in the middle of Montagu which hosts large numbers of sacred ibis, cattle and little egrets. The trees around the lake are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 February 2017
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Dana Bay, South Africa
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25 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quiet spot to sit and enjoy the sacred ibises and cattle egrets. I was a bit underwhelmed, as the dam is very small and had a few dead birds floating about which was a bit unpleasant. It was however fun to chat to some visitors from the UK who stopped by to share some of their experiences in SA.

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Devizes
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93 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

It was completely unexpected to find this small lake in the middle of Montagu which hosts large numbers of sacred ibis, cattle and little egrets. The trees around the lake are full of nests and, when we visited in February, there was a lot of activity from parents and chicks. There is a "hide"/viewing platform alongside the lake which offers... More 

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Thank Peter E
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

You cannot miss this small sanctuary. It is smack bang in town. The sustainable of the sanctuary is doubtful as the trees that serves as nesting sites will eventually die. Credos for the people living next door to the sanctuary as the small and noise must be incredible. Great place to view a small colony of Cattle and Small Egrets,... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

For photographers, this heronry is well worth a stop because you're so close to nesting cattle egrets and sacred ibises you can see them feed their chicks. Visit in the morning to have the sun behind you.

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Durban, South Africa
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108 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Near the Montagu Caravan Park en route to the town of Montagu is this amazing natural Phenomenon of birds nesting and breeding in a town centre. To add to this the Sacred Ibis are quite happy to share the thorn trees with Cattle Egrets. I even spotted a Grey Heron visiting. It is a small dam right on the corner... More 

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wirral
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Small football field sized lake with hundreds of birds, mainly Ibis's. Right in the middle of town. It has a small observation platform adjacent to the street.

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Einsiedeln, Switzerland
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110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

You can easily see and hear the birds in the trees right along the street. The area was a full of litter and the birds didn't make it any better. Worth it if you like to see South African Ibis.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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580 reviews
315 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Just opposite St Mildred's Chapelry is this well constructed hide at the edge of the Leidam - quite useful to novices as pictures and descriptions of the most commonly found birds are displayed. The biggest birds we saw there, the sacred Ibis,seemed unpeturbed by people viewing them, but the other birds were a bit more difficult to spot. I am... More 

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Petaluma, California
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629 reviews
241 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

I did not think much of this sanctuary. The water was stinky and littered. The birds have made quite a mess with their pooping and it smells wretched as we walked by. For the rest of our stay, we avoided walking by the sanctuary. Worth a quick look, but if I lived nearby, I would encourage the birds to go... More 

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Thank pfefmeister
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69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Don't go out of your way to get here but if you do pass by, why not stop and have a look? The majority of the birds on view here are African Sacred Ibis though I did spot a few Cattle Egrets, Cormorants and Weavers. A bird hide was commissioned by the local rotary club, eco club, and various interest... More 

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