This internationally famous bird island of Lambert’s Bay may be reached by means of walking on a breakwater wall that was erected in 1959, by Ferdinand Käsner.
It is the most accessible Cape Gannet Colony in the world. Experience a face-to-face encounter with a Cape gannet on a rocky island off the West Coast. Visitors will enjoy exploring the island as well as its superbly situated gannet look-out and visitors’ centre, where one can read about an island steeped in history and humour. The boisterous and stormy times of egg and guano collection, and the guano “ war” of 1844, are some of the stories told.
Bird Island nature reserve provides shelter and protection for thousands of sea-birds, particularly Cape gannets, various species of cormorants, and penguins. You can come within a mere wingspan of more that 25 000 blue-eyed Cape gannets.
Photos by Courtesy of David Gill
Lamberts Bay is named after Admiral Lambert of the British Navy who did a marine survey of the bay between 1826 and 1840.
In 1887 Mr Stephan bought the commercial buildings and built the hotel in 1888. Lamberts Bay was used as a lay-up for British warships during the war of 1900-1902 and in 1901 the “ HMS Sybille” was wrecked opposite Steenbokfontein.
The first crayfish factory was started by Mr Lindström in 1918, the price was 1/6 and 2/6 per hundred crayfish.
The museum houses 15 different exhibits eg. “Old” Lambert’s Bay, HMS Sybille Gunboat which ran aground in 1901, Photograph collection, Fish industry and fishing community, Book & Bible collection, Archaeological display, Horsemill and Farm implements and Clothes and embroidery from bygone days.
Visit the museum and get more information about the history of Lamberts Bay.