Welcome to Intaka Island

Welcome to Intaka Island

The natural heart of the city

Intaka Island, an award-winning 16 hectare wetlands and bird sanctuary, is home to 177 species of indigenous fynbos plants and 120 bird species. Intaka – which means ‘bird’ in Xhosa – is a unique example of nature conservation and urban development co-existing in harmony. Apart from its environmental significance, the area offers a place of solace to take a stroll, relax, and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life

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The aims of Intaka Island are to:

  • Conserve a rare and threatened vegetation type

  • Conserve a rare type of wetland habitat

  • Provide a habitat for birds, especially breeding water birds

  • Clean the water in the network of canals at Century City

  • Provide Century City with a beautiful and healthy ‘green lung’

  • Provide a recreational and educational amenity

MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet

We’re delighted to confirm that Intaka Island Environmental Trust is now officially a registered beneficiary of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme.

This means that you can add Intaka Island to your existing beneficiaries on your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card, or if you have never had a reason to get a card, you have now!

You can raise funds for the Intaka Island Environmental Trust without it costing you anything.  Simply get a free MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card, swipe it when shopping at our retail partners, in-store or online, and our retail partners will give a percentage of your spend back to Intaka. 


Testimonials & Reviews

Hidden gem this island. Nestled and tucked towards the center of century city. A must for anyone looking to do something outdoors and educational with the kids. Lots of informative and friendly staff to assist you with all there is to do during your experience on the island.

Mark Hughes

A true gem of a place nestled within such a bustling area. You get lost in the sights and sounds of nature and forget that you're so close to modern life. I'm pleased to have learned about the expansion into the old Ratanga Junction lands.

Sachin Naidoo

Self guided tour with a short introduction about he centre from the reception. Pamphlets provided. Lovely secured place to visit with 2km trail suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Restrooms available on the trail. Well marked trail and easy to walk. Nice views and amazing birds to watch. Beautiful gardens, the wetland is educational and have affordable boat rides.

Slondile Ndebele

An incredible resource in the center of Century City. A real sanctuary for birds and small wildlife. Friendly, involved staff and very well maintained facility. Necessarily contained it makes a great outing with small kids.

John Gale

Absolutely love this amazing educational centre. So excited to have discovered this wonder of nature. Not suggested for small kids but great for bigger kids and schools reaching natural science and life science subjects.

Aarifah Mohamed

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