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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Boshoff Street, Pretoria 2004, South Africa
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Ranked #15 of 47 Attractions in Pretoria
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Centurion, South Africa
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185 reviews 185 reviews
86 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My wife and I are avid birders and have visited the Austin Roberts nature reserve many times. This 12 ha property located in the Muckleneuk suburb of Pretoria, was officially proclaimed as a nature reserve on the late 1950’s, and has since been declared a provincial heritage site due to its recreational and educational value. This reserve did gradually deteriorate... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Everytime something new to see! Pied kingfishers, giant kingfishers, wood hoopoe, sacred ibis, hadeda, blue cranes, crowned cranes... list just carries on! Fabulous for coffee break or lunchtime getaway!

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South Africa
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I grew up not more than 3 blocks away from Austin Roberts bird Sanctuary. It is sad to see what it looks like now. I remember going every Sunday to the local greengrocer and getting all his off cuts of lettuce and carrot heads and feeding the animals at the sanctuary. Some of the animals would come up to the... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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107 reviews 107 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The Austin Roberts bird hide has so much potential. There are a variety of beautiful birds yet but the development lacks imagination and even looks a bit dated. Large areas are off-limits for us as well. Common-on guys, please develop this potentially tranquil hide!

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Haifa, Israel
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Being the size of about 6 city blocks it is a welcome breath of air in the middle of the city suburbs. Most of the sanctuary is off limits for non-staff so one is left to peer at the wildlife from the hide or through the fences which surround the sanctuary. A nice coffee shop in the middle is worth... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very accessible and comfortable bird hide. One sits on the water's edge and very close to birds. One mostly observe water birds, wild and birds with clipped wings such as the blue cranes.

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greenwood, mo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

The Blue Crane Restaurant is here. The ambiance is wonderful, and this is a must see site, especially if one wants to see close up and quite natural, some of the wonderous birds of South Africa. A terrific place to go with a family, as there is so much to see. SAFE, too!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

A really unlikely place to find such an abundance of birds, and an opportunity to get really close. Early mornings and late afternoon are best no only because of the bird activity, but also from a safety point of view, as it is possible to be very isolated during the day time. Entrance is free and it certainly deserves a... More

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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

A pleasant suburban outing providing the opportunity to see a variety of birds, some of which are threatened and not always readily seen, such as the blue and crowned cranes. The hide and walkway also provide an opportunity to see a variety of ducks quite close up, which is not always possible at other wetland reserves. It is not clear... More

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Columbiaville, Michigan, United States
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59 reviews 59 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We went to this sanctuary, which also has a Restaurant called Blue Crane, attached. It is a great place to watch all sorts of birds. The food at the restaurant is great and the staff is very friendly. Sitting outside under the trees is great or in the secluded area, overlooking the pond. It is a great experience for any... More

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