Cape Kidnappers s the largest most accessible mainland gannet colony in the world.  The 20,000 gannets at the cape are members of the Booby family, with distinctive black eye markings and a pale gold crown.

Visitors to the colony will see adults and young nesting in serried rows carrying out their daily routine. In the air above your heads these amazing birds with their six foot wing span (2 metres) swoop and dive as they bring back fish. On the ground, just a few feet away, the pairs preen and perform the dance of the gannets’ recognition ritual.

The birds can be seen from September to early April. In September they return from their winter escape to build their nests ready for the arrival of the chicks during December and January. The chicks are then fattened up ready for their first and departing flight in late April when they go off on their annual ritual to warmer climates.

After being driven to the Cape in your air conditioned 4 x 4 Coach there’s absolutely no walking required. You are taken right to within a few feet of these remarkable birds.

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