Intaka Island - About the Attraction

Intaka Island is a wetland and bird sanctuary in the heart of Century City, roughly 7km from Cape Town.

Intaka, which in Xhosa means ‘bird’, is found on the northern side of Century City. The island is a sixteen-hectare natural area, with more than 180 Cape native plants and over 120 bird species. Intaka Island also has several bird hides, walking trails, and wheelchair-friendly paths to explore.

Explore the 2km self-guided tour along Intaka’s circular trail or take the shorter 1km walk. There are nine information stations along the trail, displaying information about the different plants, birds and water creatures thriving in the reserve. The eco-centre also provides valuable information for children about the wetland and its inhabitants.

Or book a guided tour with a Field Ranger and get first-hand accounts and valuable information about Intaka Island. Tick off wildlife and birds spotted on checklists available at the reception area.

Visitors can book a 35-minute ferry ride, travelling on the Grand Canal and around Intaka Island. Canoeists and dragon boat rowers can also use the 8km canals to explore the waters around the island, however, no motorized boats are allowed. There are also various picnic spots and a lapa area to enjoy a nice afternoon lunch.

Popular Attractions in Intaka Island

From Kirstenbosch Gardens, to Table Mountain Forests and home to Western Cape Rugby and Cricket, Newlands has so much to offer.

Places to Stay in Intaka Island

Newlands is one of the most affluent and beautiful neighbourhoods in Cape Town resting on the slopes of Table Mountain. There is a wide range of accommodation available. 

Places to Eat & Drink in Intaka Island

Newlands is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. Whether you’re looking for a casual meal or a night out on the town, there’s something for everyone on offer.

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