Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

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Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau

Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau
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Sun5eeker01
85 contributions
Perfect spot to see flamingos - pram friendly
May 2021 • Family
Really good value to guarantee some wildlife. We attended with three small ones and prams which is very easy to do. The paths are well maintained and wide all the way round
Written May 21, 2021
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Neža V
3 contributions
Our car got broken into
Sep 2020 • Friends
The park is nice and all, lots of flamingos, but beware. Our car got broken into on the 8th of September 2020 at the official parking lot of the park. The thieves broke the smaller back door window and took all of our backpacks (4) in the trunk of the car. The parking place even has a warning sign, warning you of frequent robberies, so this obviously isn't the first time this has happened. We were very dissapointed that despite of the frequent robberies the authorities of the park didn't take care of the security of the parking lot (no ramp, no security guard,...). They just put up a sign at the end of the parking lot and not the begining. And the local police (Les Santes Maries des la Mer) was also a dissapointment. They didn't want to come to the crime scene, because they started working at 14.00, and the robbery happened at 13.00.
Written September 8, 2020
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SwissTraveller1980
Buchs Aargau, Switzerland169 contributions
Nice Walk
Aug 2020 • Couples
Nice walk in the park. Many birds. Bring water, the walk is long. Beautiful area... many flamingos. Can be recommended.
Written August 23, 2020
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Barbara S
Luxor, Egypt17 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2020 • Friends
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.
Written August 20, 2020
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Les De Q
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,494 contributions
Fabulous flamingos
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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Scrat_197
68 contributions
Definitely worth a stop!
Jul 2020 • Couples
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).
Written July 18, 2020
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Traveler190511
Dordrecht, The Netherlands260 contributions
If you like to see flamingo’s up close than this is the place
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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Rc1
Sacramento, CA351 contributions
Very disappointing!
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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mariedesjardins
Prince George, Canada6,213 contributions
Very interesting park with pink flamingoes
Jul 2019 • Solo
Came here in July 2019 on a camargue tour. Wetlands where flamingoes hang out until they migrate from France to Africa. Nice easy dirt path.
Written January 27, 2020
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Luca C
San Mauro Pascoli, Italy945 contributions
Flamingo's Paradise
Nov 2019
The park extends around a large lake.
Without a doubt, the main attraction of this beautiful park are flamingos.
There are many, and they offer an unforgettable show.
It is located a few kilometers from the beautiful town of saintes maries de la mer.
An unmissable stop!
Written January 7, 2020
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