Intaka Island bird sanctuary is a 16ha wetland situated in the heart of Century City approximately 7km from Cape Town’s CBD. Intaka (which means bird in Xhosa), is a unique example of nature conservation and property development co-existing in harmony and for mutual benefit. Apart from the sprawling wetlands, cacophony of rare and popular birds and exquisite flora, Intaka Island offers you a place of solace, to take a stroll, relax, get in touch with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Intaka Island received Voluntary Conservation Status from Cape Nature in October 2006 and the construction of an Environmental Education Centre was completed in 2010. Intaka Island and Eco-Centre now plays host to a range of visitors ranging from pensioners and school groups to corporate training functions and birthday parties.
You can enjoy all the beauty Intaka Island has to offer by taking a leisurely stroll around the 2km of footpaths available. There are 9 stations that you will have access to on the self-guided trail, each offering you a different insight into the bird, water life, flora and fauna that is encompassed in Intaka Island.
The 2km circular path takes you around both the constructed wetland and ephemeral pans, whereas the shorter circular 1km route takes you around the constructed wetland with lookout points over the ephemeral pans. This route is also wheelchair and pram friendly! Maps, brochures and bird checklists are available at reception for those who want tick what you see as you make your way around Intaka Island.
With Intaka Island’s central proximity and large diversity of plant, insect and bird life it has become a firm favorite with wild-life photographers. The bird hides have become a second home at sunrise for the more dedicated photographers, whilst others simply enjoy improving their skills and, through their lens, enjoying what the wetland has to offer.