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“Fabulous” 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 Attractions in The Crags
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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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.
Salcombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

It was a rainy day and friends recommended this attraction a few miles out of Plettenberg. It is huge and claims to be the largest covered aviary in the world. It certainly made anywhere else look small...imagine the Eden Project in Cornwall, England with a cover over! The variety of birds was stunning and the setting was very natural with the feel of a forest with a stream running through. The route takes you about 100ft down before climbing back up to an open area. We spent at least 2 hours walking around and could easily have stayed longer. We strongly recommend a visit, it is fascinating for young and old alike.

Visited September 2013
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“Absolutely stunning, a truly unique experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

We spent an unbelievable afternoon at the Birds of Eden, it was paradise! I cannot recommend it enough, it really was the experience of a lifetime. You soon forget that you are in an aviary, it is so big there should be another word to describe it, maybe super-aviary? The birds and their plumage colours are just stunning.

We hadn't been in for long when my husband was befriended by a parakeet who hopped on his shoulder and "adopted" him. She preened his face and ears, then regurgitated seeds in an attempt to "feed" him, she was so happy she wouldn't go and of course he loved it. This went on for over 20 minutes, then we wondered further on and he was again adopted by another bird, this time a parrot (sorry I am not an expert on breeds) who insisted on staying on his hand and shoulder while we walked around the rest of the aviary and she stayed with us for even longer!

Our tour guide explained that the birds came from all sorts of backgrounds and that some of them were pets. It was quite incredible, I have never had an interaction with birds like this. Everyone on our party was absolutely blown away by this fantastic place and we took so many beautiful photos. Really we could have stayed there even longer and I would love to go back there again. If you have the chance, don't miss it!

Visited September 2013
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George, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Calming, Like Heavens of Birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I went to this Birds of Eden after I went to the Monkeyland. Birds of Eden, unlike the Monkeyland that has the tour guide who guided us, they let us explore the area by ourselves. The trip that we had was really phenomenal! We walked down and up on every bridge, and we got to see many beautiful birds. The birds has their own colors and uniqueness. We then got to see them at closer look, also when they at their place eating their food, and we got to see other different birds also. We then passed the water fountain, and then went to every way that we can pass. The last one we went to the last area, it was really wide, and there were big birds also on the small lake. But you have to be careful because there were this group of angry birds that can be seriously get mad at you when you accidentally push them. My brother has experienced this and he got chased by these group of birds, and that one bird also told the other friends, that were the same type of birds what he had experienced, and I remember we were all running fast towards the end of the journey to get rid of all the angry birds chasing us. Overall the beautiful birds and all of the things there were great and feel so calming, except for running away from the mad birds, but yes that was also one of the experiences that we never had in the past.

Visited April 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Peaceful and beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

I must admit driving towards the aviary left me a little concerned that the experience was going to be a disaster; but then a huge net structure in the middle of the countryside would probably cause that effect. Once we got to the car park the whole aspect changes and I realized we were entering a professionally run attraction. The aviary from the inside is breathtaking, there are too many bird species to count even though we tried! Sitting by one of the pools just relaxing and watching, we could have easily lost time. The kids loved it. The birds are very comfortable around humans especially the huge macaws, stunning in their beauty and cheeky to boot! This place is high on the list of places to visit again.

Visited October 2013
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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“The Best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

My favourite nature experience ever. Beautiful birds wherever you look. Incredible setting enhanced by wooden walkways and suspension bridges in the forest. Fantastic tour guide!

Visited October 2013
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