Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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  • Barbara K
    Columbus, Ohio101 contributions
    Fantastic place to see beautiful birds
    This is one of my favorite places. The flamingos never disappoint. Fall is breeding season and the mating dance is hilarious and very noisy. The park is well maintained, abundant seating around the ponds so you can sit and observe. Birds may be close to shore or out in the middle of the ponds, but you can see everything. I was here during the school holidays in late October so it was pretty busy, and parking can be a challenge. I've also been outside of the holiday weeks and parking is very easy and the park is very quiet. There is a small snack bar for beverages and a nice picnic area.
    Written November 23, 2022
  • Barbara S
    Luxor, Egypt17 contributions
    Disappointed
    This used to be one of my favourite places to go in the camargue but this time I was thoroughly disappointed. To begin with, the staff aren't very friendly and for some reason the tourists that were in the park all seemed to be marching around with their phones in their hand, pushing to get a good photo. Not the park's fault of course, but not the nature reserve I remember from a few years back with people quiet observing the birds. The biggest issue I had was that there was toilet paper in every bush or natural observation point ; a sign of people not waiting to use the loos provided on site. I was really shocked by this because even if people cannot wait the 20 mins walk to the loo, they shouldn't be leaving loo paper all over a nature reserve! Having said this, the park is still worth a visit. The flamingos are gorgeous and early morning or sunset is the best time to see them. Remember your bug spray/suncream and wear a hat because it is super hot once inside.
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 20, 2020
  • Scrat_197
    68 contributions
    Definitely worth a stop!
    It is a very nice park with lots of flamingos, but also many other birds (depending on the season), as well as other animals (dragonflies, nutrias, bats, ...). The website says 1h-1.5h for the whole trail, but I'd definitely advise to count more time. If you are into photography, you can enter the park before they close the gates (6pm in summer) and stay inside until sundown. If you choose to do this, be aware that the mosquitoes are merciless! If you go during the day, make sure to bring a hat and sunscreen, there are not many trees around some of the ponds. I would definitely recommend the park to anyone interested in seeing local birds, especially because they run free (the exception being owls in cages).
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 18, 2020
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Dorset, UK72 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited this attraction during our stay in the area. We arrived at around 10.30 on a week day in the school holidays and the place was packed! The car parks were completely full and we just managed to squeeze in to the last parking spot on a side road. We then had to queue for around 20minutes to get in, which wasn’t too much of an issue especially when watching other cars doing laps of the car park with no where to park.

Once in the park, it was truly memorable and spectacular. The small loop, heading to the right, of the entrance was excellent with lots of flamingos and other birds very close to the walk ways. We also completed the longer walking loop to the left of the reception and this was a bit of a waste of time, especially with children, as there was very little to see.

The snack doesn’t take cards so make sure you have some cash for drinks etc.
Written August 25, 2021
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Les De Q
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,593 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
A great place to wonder at the spectacle and beauty of flamingos. They are mesmerizing. You can walk as far as you want to around the lakes or simply find a bench to sit in and admire the daily antics of the spindly legged creatures. Toilets and bar area available under shade. Go early or at the end of the day to avoid the heat and crowds.
Written August 14, 2020
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David P
Phoenix, AZ171 contributions
Jul 2022
What an extraordinary place, filled with a large variety of waterfowl, including especially the flamingos and herons. We visited this on a tour that included several other stops, and so felt a bit cheated that we didn't get to spend more time. There were many folks with SLR cameras and nice lenses meandering about, and I wanted to be one of them. Give yourself time to enjoy this wonderful spot.
Written July 7, 2022
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Rc1
Sacramento, CA391 contributions
Feb 2020
I recently visited this place with a couple of friends. We happened to land upon this after driving around Camargue National Park for more than an hour looking for flamingos. We came across the bulls and gray horses, but couldn't find any flamingos. As we drove on we came across this establishment. It sounded very much like a tourist trap as I noticed there was a ticket to visit this site. When we walked in, we saw hundreds of loud flamingos fighting with each other loudly - because they were being fed by the employees! Their staff drove around in mini pick ups and threw in bucket fulls of food for the flamingos. As an ardent supporter of captivity free animals, this is a different form of captivity, with food being used as a lure. It creates unnatural behavior amongst these birds and disturbs the ecological system. I visited Kenya and Tanzania last summer and was fortunate to see flamingos, wild and displaying their natural behavior. Most national parks advise you to not feed the animals. I can't believe the French government allows this!
Written February 29, 2020
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AdvisorKing
Vancouver, B.C.131 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited here on August 24. The entry fee of 7.50 Euros was fine. The Flamingoes were plentiful, although the promotional photos tend to show slightly larger groups, and at closer range than you can typically get in reality. But there were still plenty and we didn’t feel like we got less than we expected.

There was interesting information posted about the flamingoes, so I did learn something. It was a nice stop, and I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t blown away either.

The only real issue was parking. There is a lot that is long and narrow (one lane with one vehicle on each side). We had to park well down the roadway and walk (at least 500m from the entrance).

My 3-rating isn’t intended to convey an impression of mediocrity. I would still recommend the Parc, particularly for children. My 3-rating reflects that it is in the middle of the pack in terms of fun/value.
Written September 18, 2022
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Traveler190511
Dordrecht, The Netherlands271 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I understand some of the negative comments made here. Yes the birds are fed, why else would they stay here and not fly away? It gives us visitors the opportunity to see and hear them from close by and make some amazing pictures. Unfortunately, as so often in France, all explanation is in French language only. Parking is very limited for such a tourist attraction, consider coming by bike or take the bus (there is a bus stop at the park).
Written July 1, 2020
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profdoc365
Penzance, UK16 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Outstanding. A beautiful walk through small interconnected lakes full of flamingos and other wading birds. The biggest thrill though in the quieter parts was seeing wild beaver and coypu swimming and on land. There is a 2km walk around all the ponds which was enchanting, flat and great for wheelchairs and buggies and then a longer 3 km walk out into the wilder Camergue which we didn’t do as it was so hot the day we visited. There is a very welcome drinks venue on site. We loved our trip.
Written October 16, 2022
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Waddler
York, UK9,731 contributions
May 2022 • Family
This is a great attraction, where flamingoes are numerous and visible at close range right from the start of the trail.

With young kids we only looped around the first body of water, which really isn't far, but provides a few different perspectives and lots of sightings.

Would recommend.
Written June 5, 2022
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DM45ESS
London, UK75 contributions
Sep 2021
Had a wonderful drive in and around the camarge. We did not park and walk around due to the rain. At one point we wanted to get out of the car however there were soooo many mosquitoes, like I have never seen anything like it before so we definitely did not get out of the car! Saw lots of flamingos, all in very small groups rather than large gatherings, but it was the end of their season. It is a beatiful place and would highly recommend a visit.
Written October 10, 2021
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Global-Villagerr
Denver, CO334 contributions
Nov 2021
Wish we had had more time to wander the long walks in this commercial wildlife park. But the well placed blinds allowed us close to the birds, and we got some great pictures. We were not completely alone in November, but there were not a lot of visitors. I can imagine in the tourist months this place will be packed, and much less enjoyable. So think about crowds when you plan your visit.
Written December 2, 2021
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