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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

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Address: Boshoff Street, Pretoria 2004, South Africa
Phone Number: 27 12 348 1265
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Mon 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 7:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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A piece of quiet

Austin Roberts is a great break away from the city, in the city. I identified 32 bird species in a mere three hours and left feeling calm and refreshed. For those less interested... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Christian L
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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had lunch overlooking the dam, with the ducks watching. The blue Cranes came right up to our deck and it was lovely quiet and relaxing. The food is delicious with a South African twist. You can walk around and visit the bauma for more bird watching.

Thank r0uxw
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Austin Roberts is a great break away from the city, in the city. I identified 32 bird species in a mere three hours and left feeling calm and refreshed. For those less interested in bird watching, the bird hide is a great place to read or have a quick snack during lunch time. The no-smoking regulation is an inconvenience to... More 

Thank Christian L
Philadelphia, United States
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

We had Blue Cranes walking by our table as we ate at he Blue Crane Cafe, next to the Bird Sanctuary. It is a great place for bird-watching.

Thank Lee A
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

A well kept hide in a quiet suburb. The Blue Crane restaurant is within walking distance. Safe and parking on site. Always be vigilant though, it is SA afterall.

Thank Chrmnvntndr
Wroclaw, Poland
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21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

A peaceful and small Bird Sanctuary offers a birds hide - in one hours I was able to spot a kingfisher, a bunch of ibises, ducks, cormorant, crowned cranes (they seem to be nesting nearby?) and others smaller birds just by moving from one window to another. While the place is freely accessible, I did not feel unsafe. There's also... More 

Thank Rafal_rpr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I love the tranquility and escape of coming here to a place so many birds have naturally made their home thanks to the space provided for them. I visit once a month at least. The restaurant, The Blue Crane has been under new management for a few years and the food is very good......the view beautiful over the water....and just... More 

Thank theXmases
Pretoria, South Africa
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

My sister and I and her little 9 yr old went to the bird hide this afternoon and afterwards popped in at the nice restaurant and just had something small for lunch. We enjoyed it very much. The waiter at the restaurant was quick and we enjoyed the food. The atmosphere at the restaurant was very nice. Loved it!

Thank 204mads
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

This sanctuary has a surprising variety of water birds. The surrounding nature reserve has big trees where flocks of birds roost and some antelope grazing on the grass.

Thank jeanierichter
Pretoria, South Africa
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We were looking for a park to take our 2 jack russels for a walk. The area is very small with little shade. Maybe ideal for taking kids for a swim as I see there's a swimming pool. The internet shows the restaurant at the sanctuary is pet friendly, but there was a sign that says no dogs allowed.

Thank Dassahme
Arlington, Virginia
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142 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

Three years ago, I became enthralled with birding while I was in Pretoria and other parts of South Africa. Austin Roberts was one of the preeminent experts of the birds of Southern Africa, and the sanctuary was established both to educate new generations of enthusiasts and to provide a sanctuary and "way station" for resident and migratory birds. The viewing... More 

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