The word “intaka”, which means “bird” in isiXhosa, is a fitting name for an island that offers a safe haven to many feathered species. This 16ha wetland lies in the middle of Century City, a retail, residential, office and leisure hub 7km to the east of Cape Town’s centre.
Attracting the birds
The first man-made islands were constructed in 2001 in an effort to encourage birds to roost and breed. Intaka Island holds more than aesthetic appeal; the birds and wetland ecology have also contributed to the purification of the canal water.
Getting to the island
Visitors reach the island via a bridge across the circular canal. Entrance tickets for adults are R14, children (U 12yrs) and pensioners pay R8.50.
COMBO: Boat Rides & Day Visitor
There are also boat rides available. Adults pay R55, children (U 12yrs) and pensioners pay R30.
Flora and fauna
Of the 120 birds found on the island, open-water species include the white-breasted cormorant, reed cormorant, red-knobbed coot, winged stilt and blacksmith plover. There are 212 species of indigenous plants, 10 of which are rare and threatened with extinction. Tours may be conducted by visitors or with a guide. Enquire at the reception hut.
Telephone : 021 201 2129
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