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Leidam Bird Sanctuary

#5 of 24 things to do in Montagu Features Animals
Montagu, South Africa
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Bird haven in town

Unfortunately the ibis were not there when we visited but there were still lots of birds to watch... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Jackie H
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Sacred or Hadeda?!

An open pond centrally situated in Montagu, opened I think in 2009.A haven for wading birds such as... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stockport, United Kingdom
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Montagu, South Africa
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Unfortunately the ibis were not there when we visited but there were still lots of birds to watch while we ate our picnic lunch.

Thank Jackie H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An open pond centrally situated in Montagu, opened I think in 2009.A haven for wading birds such as egrets and mainly the Noticeable sacred Ibis who nest noisily in the surrounding tree tops. a hide gives good cover and photo opportunities.. Now and again (if...More

Thank valuematters
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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...More

Thank maureenrrr
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...More

Thank Peter E
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...More

Thank John K
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.

Thank Andrea W
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...More

Thank Rose K
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.

Thank gashead1
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.

Thank SleepyEddieJames
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...More

1  Thank Jilldutoit
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hi, what is the entrance fee for pensioners and adults?
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