We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Montagu, South Africa

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 42 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 16
  • 9
    Very good
  • 10
  • 2
  • 1
unexpected brush with wildlife

Wandering into Montagu, we were curious to discover such a wild collection of birds nesting. The little hut gave some information on the birds.A surprising sight so close to town.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 January 2016
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Add Photo Write a Review

42 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 38: English reviews
Cape Town, South Africa
Level Contributor
9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Durban, South Africa
Level Contributor
89 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 even spotted a Grey Heron visiting. It is a small dam right on the corner... More 

Thank Rose K
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Level Contributor
110 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level Contributor
540 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 443 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 viewing them, but the other birds were a bit more difficult to spot. I am... More 

1 Thank Jilldutoit
Petaluma, California
Level Contributor
583 reviews
214 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

I did not think much of this sanctuary. The water was stinky and littered. The birds have made quite a mess with their pooping and it smells wretched as we walked by. For the rest of our stay, we avoided walking by the sanctuary. Worth a quick look, but if I lived nearby, I would encourage the birds to go... More 

Thank pfefmeister
Level Contributor
69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2016

Don't go out of your way to get here but if you do pass by, why not stop and have a look? The majority of the birds on view here are African Sacred Ibis though I did spot a few Cattle Egrets, Cormorants and Weavers. A bird hide was commissioned by the local rotary club, eco club, and various interest... More 

Thank Cyril K
Nottingham, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
146 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

Lovely little corner in Montagu. Not a formal bird sanctuary as such and so no entry fee but well worth a stroll to see while you are in Montagu.

Thank SueH9
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
170 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2016

Wandering into Montagu, we were curious to discover such a wild collection of birds nesting. The little hut gave some information on the birds.A surprising sight so close to town.

Thank Cuckooscot
Cape Town, South Africa
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

Very smelly and only has Sacred Ibis. Much better to go on one of the wonderful hikes in the areas for birding.

Thank Clare930

Travellers who viewed Leidam Bird Sanctuary also viewed


Been to Leidam Bird Sanctuary? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Leidam Bird Sanctuary staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?