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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

Boshoff Street, Pretoria 2004, South Africa
27 12 348 1265
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Ranked #15 of 47 attractions in Pretoria
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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105 reviews 105 reviews
19 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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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57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Ipoh, Malaysia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A real tribute to a hero to all bird life of S Africa. Located in the middle of a big housing suburb minutes from Pritoria and yet so full of bird life. We were lucky enough to see Grey Crowned and Blue Crane, besides the and resident Red-knobbed Coot, Fulvous Duck, Egyptian Geese, White-faced Duck, Cape Teal, Southern Pochard,Rock Dove,... More

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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This sanctuary is both hard to find and really not worth the effort. Only a small fraction of the reserve is open to the public and whilst you may see one or two interesting birds, it is all very 'stage managed' and not at all natural. The Blue Crane restaurant is adjacent to the reserve

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Tallinn, Estonia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Austin Roberts has a perfect birdhide for a photographer. It was our first afternoon in SA and therefore all the species we saw there were new to us and we saw and photographed 20-30 different species in 2-3 hours! Including a kingfisher, different herons, storks, weavers, blue crane etc. Considering the location and the position of the hide, it was... More

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