Blending Conservation with Community Development
Many birds call the Milnerton area wetlands their home, so when plans to develop the area into business and high-end real estate was proposed in 1996, an environmental impact assessment had to be completed. The developer then decided to figure out a way to combine conservation and community education into the their plans, and the result is the Intaka Island visitor center, bird hides, and pathways constructed around the 16ha premises. It's a quiet oasis amidst the urban jungle of Century City (one of the largest shopping malls in Africa). You can either drive straight to the visitor center, or take a boat ride from the mall (popular if you're traveling with little ones).
By Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
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Intaka Island, Century City, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa