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“Beautiful and entertaining”
Review of Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden
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Ranked #4 of 16 things to do in The Crags
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). Birds of Eden is the largest single-dome free flight aviary in the world, spanning 2.3 hectares of natural forests, streams and dams. With over a kilometre of walkways, visitors can experience the thrill of spotting almost 3500 previously captive birds of over 200 different species flying free and living natural lives. The scenery alone warrants a visit with hundreds of different plant and tree species plus there are giant fruit bats, golden-handed tamarins and the smallest of the antelopes, Blue duikers. Visits to Birds of Eden are self-guided and you are free to wander for as long as you wish at your own pace. Guided tours for group bookings can also be arranged on request at no additional cost.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We visited Birds of Eden, also known as the Dome, in early September. It is an amazing place and worth devoting several hours to - we spent 2.5 very relaxing hours and would have liked to stay longer. We did Birds of Eden on a package deal that also included entry to Jukani (a short drive down the highway) and Monkeyland (next door). The latter venues both require a guide, but you are free to roam and spend as much time as you like at Birds of Eden. The Birds of Eden carpark is the same carpark used for Monkeyland. You will need to safely stow small shiny objects, such as earrings, as the birds may try to steal them - the same for Monkeyland. First impressions are deceiving and, while you can hear lots of bird calls, you may not initially see many birds. However, as you wander along the boardwalk circuit, you will discover many flying birds on strategically placed feeders and ground-dwellers roaming the forest floor. The forest opens up in the latter section and includes several ponds with lots of waterbirds, including pink stalks and other vibrantly coloured birds. Most of the birds are not disturbed by human presence and you can get quite close. I had one cheeky parrot follow me along the boardwalk railing and then sit on top of my iPad while I was videoing! There is a souvenir shop at the entrance and tea rooms toward the end of the circuit inside the dome. I visited with my husband, however, this venue would suit anyone, including the disabled (I don't recall any stairs). Children would need to be kept under control.

1  Thank Carol H
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Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

We took a last minute decision to go to Birds of Eden one afternoon, we had an hour or so to spare. Very glad we did. The birds are beautiful and so interesting to see up close.

1  Thank Victoria L
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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

This is said to be the largest bird aviary in the world covering an area of 3.2 hectares and Birds of Eden provides fun for all the family, especially if you purchase the cheap R20 booklet which features all the different species that live there. Spotting the different birds in the most amazing surroundings and ticking them off in the book kept us amused (and educated) for several hours. There is a small restaurant but the birds are the real stars and if you can spot just a quarter of those in the book, you really deserve a pat on the back. It is truly worth a visit.

1  Thank alanwooding
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

For anyone who loves forests and / or birds, this is a MUST. The sheer variety of the birds is gobsmacking, and they all look in such excellent shape. This is exactly what a zoo or bird sanctuary should be like. They literally netted a huge part of the natural rainforest and allow the birds total freedom inside. Breathtaking. We recommend buying the information booklet for about R20 and ticking off the birds as you see them.

1  Thank Haiko N
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Real cool in both meaning walking in this too.
All family really enjoy this attraction.
They build this attraction correctly as you can walk easily take your time and enjoy the surrounding.
I definitely recommend

Thank Yoav B
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