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Saturday Spot: Se7en Visit Intaka Island…

May 25th, 2011 · 10 Comments

You won’t believe it, but in the heart of Cape Town there is a grand place for birdwatching called Intaka Island.


Intaka means bird in Xhosa and seems a very fitting name. Because right where you think there is a shopping center…

See. It looks like a shopping mall, it is one!!! But look again… there’s a bird hide:


There is a place to wander…

Some weird and wonderful plants…

And did I mention birds…

Plenty of birds…

And when you look again – even more birds…

There is something for everyone: Photography for the photographer:

Birds for the birder:

Lookouts for the lookout:

Feathers for my feather-man:

Adventures for my terrible twins, that aren’t twins at all…

But they can be terribly adventurous.

And places to rest for tired and grumpy little feet…

And peeping at birds…

And more birds…

Baby birds…

And not such baby birds…

And Picnic spots…

And more birds…

Just look at this one…

everybody liked those wings…

Out came the sketchbooks…

And drawing of course!!!

And then a wander across the salt pans…

Which are bone dry after the summer…

And full of surprises…

And the highlight… after all that walking about was a ferry ride through the waterways….

We had to wait a little bit for the boat to arrive but Hood #3 kept us all entertained as she battled away with the water fountain…
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Past the shops… with our brilliant guide!!!


And of course the beautiful birds…
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And we were done…

Really a brilliant outing!!! Here are the details: How to get there… and a pricelist. Really It is a very reasonable outing and one we would add to our Se7en Budget Outings.

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Tags: Outings · Saturday Spot · Visit Cape Town

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 irene // May 25, 2011 at 8:33 am

    wow – this does look like a fun outing. I live right there and did not even know about this gem.

  • 2 se7en // May 25, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Hi Irene, Forgot you live right there!!! It is a fabulous place to go for an amble and a bought ride and it is so vey reasonable. “R10 for adults or R30 with the boat trip”… you just can’t beat it!!! Try it sometime!!! Have a great day!!!

  • 3 Debbie // May 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Amazing! I would never have known!! Will definitely be visiting there.

  • 4 Christine // May 26, 2011 at 3:37 am

    What a dapper-looking young man you had escorting you! Your pictures make South Africa look like the most beautiful place to live in the world… definitely on my list of places I’d like to visit someday!

  • 5 Sherrin Drew // May 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I have loved visiting this spot via your blog :). Thank you for sharing this special, and very cheap outing!
    Sherrin Drew´s last blog post ..Pretty in Pink at six months

  • 6 se7en // May 30, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Glad you enjoyed the Virtual Tour, Sherrin… It really is a hidden gem!!! Have a great day from a really cold Cape Town!!!

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