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Intaka Island comes of age

Intaka Island, the jewel in the crown of Century City, celebrates its 21st birthday in September.

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Date 18 August 2017
Author Tatum Sieni
Contact Email info@centurycity.co.za
Contact Telephone +27 21 552 6889

To commemorate this major milestone, Intaka will be offering the public a discounted combo ticket of just R21 per person between September 18 and 24. This will entitle you to entry onto the Island as well as a scenic boat trip along the Century City canals. The usual price is R55 for adults and R45 for kids.

Pre-booking for the combo tickets is essential to avoid disappointment as numbers are limited.

A glossy, commemorative coffee table book covering the history of Intaka, the Eco-Centre’s environmental education programmes, the flora, fauna and birdlife on Intaka and more will be published. The book will also showcase some spectacular photographs, particularly of the birdlife, taken by members of the public over the years.

A limited number of these collector pieces will be on sale at the Intaka Eco-Centre in late September. A  photographic exhibition of some of these works will be on display for the public in the Eco-Centre from 22-24 September. 

The story of Intaka is a fascinating one. In short, it started life as a degraded wetlands area known as Sewe Pannetjies. When development of Century City started in 1997, a 16ha portion of the 250ha site was retained as a wetlands nature reserve which became known as Intaka Island. Intaka is the isiXhosa word for bird. Half of the site was kept as seasonal or ephemeral pans and the other 8ha was transformed into a manmade wetlands system which acts as a natural purification system for the water in Century City’s canals.

Visitor numbers in the early days were very low but have soared in recent years since the opening of the Intaka Eco-Centre which runs environmental education programmes tailored for school groups. It now hosts more than 35 000 visitors a year.

Intaka is home to over 120 bird species and more than 200 indigenous plant species.

For further details on Intaka go to www.intaka.co.za