Nearby Attractions - Sir Lamberts Guesthouse

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Things to do & see in and around the area

There is a wonderful Rooibos Tea Farm nearby that really does a most superb and interesting tour. Not only do they show you how Rooibos is grown from a seed to your teacup, but you are taken around in their overland vehicle and given a tour of the farm and its environment. It takes about 2 and a half hours.
The Olifants River Wine Route where you can buy wine at West Coast prices
Wupperthal an 1830 Mission Station and shoe factory
Bushman art ramble and Louis Leipoldt's grave
Heerenlogement camp site of Simon van der Stel
Verlorenvlei - a bird watchers paradise
Desert Flowers August & September
Bird Island, breeding ground of the Gannet and Cape Cormorant.
4x4 Trails & quad bike hire
Crayfish diving +/- November to April
Unique outdoor seafood restaurant
Unspoiled beaches to explore
Our seafood restaurants are really different and unique.
You can choose from eating at the beach, or Cedarberg style between the rocks. Alternately really enjoy the seafood specialities at restaurants in and around the harbour.
BIRD ISLAND NATURE RESERVE

Bird Island Nature Reserve, off the Western Cape coast, features the world’s most accessible breeding colony of Cape gannets. As something of a local hangout for the area’s pelagic birds, the island is also home to roosting terns, cormorants, gulls and a colony of African penguins.

DID YOU KNOW?

Gannets can dive at speeds of 100km per hour when catching fish.

Bird Island Nature Reserve, just off shore of Lambert's Bay on the Cape's West Coast, houses a massive breeding colony of Cape gannets – one of only six such colonies in the world.

Thousands of these birds, as well as Cape cormorants, breed and roost on the island which is connected to the mainland by a breakwater, providing rare public access to these seabird colonies.

The reserve features a modern bird hide that provides you with an insider's view of the colony, allowing you to discreetly watch the birds nesting, feeding and socialising. There's a lot of the latter, which reaches fever pitch with all the excited vocalising that goes on!

The hide also provides the unique opportunity to view the mating ritual of the gannets, which takes place between April and September each year. Educational material at the hide provides additional information on the birds and their habits, while the well-marked interpretation route provides further information on the island and its other inhabitants.

Bird Island was once also home to a thriving African penguin colony. Gannet dung or guano – a highly prized ingredient used in fertilisers – was collected in abundance on the island from 1888 to 1990. During this time penguin eggs were also collected, which all but wiped out the resident colony.

Conservationists have erected artificial structures on the island to encourage the penguins to breed once again and today the colony numbers have increased substantially. A trip to the penguin pool to watch these characters at play is a must.

Other frequent island visitors include Cape fur seals, which can be seen on the rocks and frolicking in the water along the edge of the island.
SANDVELD MUSEUM

The museum houses 15 different exhibits eg. “Old” Lambert’s Bay, HMS Sybille Gunboat which ran aground in 1901, Photograph collection, Fish industry and fishing community, Book & Bible collection, Archaeological display, Horsemill and Farm implements and Clothes and embroidery from bygone days.

In 1887 Mr Stephan bought the commercial buildings and built the hotel in 1888. Lamberts Bay was used as a lay-up for British warships during the war of 1900-1902 and in 1901 the “ HMS Sybille” was wrecked opposite Steenbokfontein.

The first crayfish factory was started by Mr Lindström in 1918, the price was 1/6 and 2/6 per hundred crayfish.

Propeller of the HMS Sybille

The British gunboat HMS Sybille was a 3.400 ton twin screw second class cruiser. The ship was sent to Lambert’s Bay as a patrol boat during the Anglo boer war (1899 - 1902).

At 04h30 on the morning of 16 January 1901 the Sybille struck a reef near the farm Steenbokfontein.
The crew were taken aboard the City of Cambridge and guns and torpedoes salvaged.

Divers still search for artifacts from the wreck and in 1999 the propeller was recovered and can be viewed at the Sandveld Museum.
 
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