I purchased this for my boyfriend as a birthday gift as he's interested in birds of prey. I'm not into birds myself, but the voucher was for a two day experience for two people, so I went along with him as I thought it might be fun. Boy am I glad that I did! I've been to other attractions with birds of prey before and have always felt a bit let down but this was one of the best experiences of my life and one that I shall never forget.
In the morning we handled several different birds. We were in a small group of about 7 so it felt very personal and we were able to get a lot of hands-on time with the birds and learn a lot about them. I also got a lot of great pictures. Being able to view the birds at such a close proximity was an experience like no other. They are truly beautiful creatures, and hearing some of the stories about what the birds had been through before they were rescued and brought to the center by John was heartbreaking. It is clear that John and Shell care a lot about their birds and it is good to see that the bird's well being always comes first. After handling the birds, we enjoyed a flying display which we also got to take part in.
Lunch was also first class! We both opted for all day breakfasts, and were not disappointed. All the meat and eggs are free range and really tasty! I also recommend trying one of the homemade cakes. I had a chocolate/caramel shortbread and it was yummy.
In the afternoon we flew lots of different birds, including a beautiful barn owl and we also got to feed them. The whole day was so hands-on and was very fun and educational at the same time.
I cannot recommend a Yarak experience more highly. Don't be put off if you're not 'into' birds like I wasn't. I can guarantee that once you've been here, you will have a new found love for them! Both my partner and I are already planning our next visit to Yarak and cannot wait to go back. To John, Shell and Charlie: Thank you for a brilliant, unforgettable day!
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