We love the outdoors and we cannot believe it has taken us so long to visit Intaka Island which is a hidden paradise so close to the city. Just 10 minutes from central Cape Town, this award-winning conservation project is tucked behind Century City and is home to 212 different indigenous plants and 120 bird species.

We took a 30 minute boat trip around the canals which was just the right amount of time for the kids to enjoy before wanting off to go for a walk around the 2km nature trail. It was so relaxing listening to the sounds of the birds, the scurrying of little creatures and flowing water.

The view at the top picnic bench is worth the little climb and a good stop off for a drink and a bite to eat. The path on the nature trail is a little bumpy but still pram friendly, though probably a little narrow for twin strollers.

This makes an ideal outing for young children as it’s an easy walk, there’s lots to see and is a short drive from town. Be sure to pack some water, sunscreen and a picnic to make the most of this day out.

Information:

Location: 2 Park Lane, Grand Central precinct, Century City (Directions)
Telephone: (021) 552 6889
Opening times: summer (Oct – April) Mon-Sun 07:30 – 19:00; winter (May – Sept) Mon-Sun 07:30 – 17:30
Website: http://intaka.co.za/

Prices*:

Day Visitor Fee Boat Ride & Day Visitor Fee
Adults R14.00 R40.00
Children (U 12 yrs) R 8.50 R30.00
Pensioners R 8.50 R30.00

*Correct January 2015. Please confirm current prices on their website. Annual member rates also available.

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