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“Fabulous birds!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden
Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). SAASA is the current Award Winners of 4 of the most prestiges awards in Tourism in the World: • Lilizela Service Excellence Tourism Awards - best Visitors Experience • Skal International Sustainable Tourism Awards - best major Attraction • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Gold-best Animal Welfare Initiative • World Responsible Tourism Awards - Overall Winner 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.
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“Fabulous birds!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

Amazing experience! Definitely a must see! Walk amongst the birds and monkeys down into the ravine and back up to the top! Allow a couple of hours for this brilliant trip!

Visited September 2012
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“For the birds (lovers)”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

This is a huge aviary, enclosed by towers of netting. The birds are truly lovely, but many of them are not native to the area, or even Africa. The sanctuary is also a rescue center, so it has taken in birds that were pets and not necessarily indigenous to the area. If you're into birds, or into getting photos of birds that you might never be able to do "in the wild", by all means go. Children will love it, but be aware that it entails a good amount of walking.

Visited August 2012
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“Interacting Birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

After paying quite a high entrance fee for the four of us, we expected to see many birds. The enclosure is very large. One can't grasp its size in the beginning. At first, we were a bit disppointed. We heard the birds but didn't see many because of the shade and the high trees. Then, we realized it would be much better to sit near the feeding spots because the birds were coming to eat. Ttey were not afraid, and we could sit\stand near them and adore their colours. At one point we were joined by a very friendly parrot who passed from one shoulder to another of everyone of us until the exit. It was very funny as it didn't want to leave no matter what we did. Near the exit gate, we saw some other friendly parrots which behaved the same.
The birds were magnificent, the sounds beautiful and the walk highly enjoyable.

Visited August 2012
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“The absolute best aviary we've ever visited”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

We were lucky enough to ask if a human guide could be provided (expecting to pay) and we had a very knowledgable (free) human tour. We saw magnificent asian pheasants (male) trying desperately to impress a female and had a wonderful commentary. We saw local birds and birds from other continents. They were gorgeous. Overall, this is an experience that anyone who has any interest at all in birds or beauty should not miss. (It is a non-profit that is beautifully well-run and affiliated with the Monkeyland non-profit next door)

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“Lovely birds!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Although not bird people, birds of eden was lovely! Lots of interesting birds flying around. There was a lack of interpretation panels though for those who are not that into birds!

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