Lambert's Bay is an important fishing harbour at the West Coast with a modern fish processing industry. The place was founded in 1913 and named after the British Admiral Sir Robert Lambert, who had cartographed this stretch of the coast around 1840. In 1918 the first canned fish and crayfish factory started operating and the town began to flourish.
Tourism has also gained momentum in this area over the last few years. One reason for this being because of the two open-air restaurants, which during the summer months, hold original and opulent fish feasts right at the beachfront. Well known is the "Muisbosskerm". The highlight of the huge menu is grilled crayfish.
Another attraction is "Bird Island" next to the fishing harbour. You walk there along a jetty. Here over 20,000 Cape Gannets and huge flocks of cormorants and penguins breed. The birds can be observed at close range from a little wach-tower nearby.
The gannets come here every year for a lengthy breeding period from October to February. First the males occupy the breeding spots which they leave after aggressively courting the females. Then both male and female build a nest from seaweed and grass. They only have one egg, and both parents guard it, incubating it in an unusual manner with their feet. The chick hatches after 6 weeks and is able to fly and swim after 14 weeks.
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Top: Fishing boats in the harbour of Lambert's Bay Left: Muisbosskerm Open Air Restaurant at the beach. Bottom left and right: Cape Gannets.