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“An amazing experience”
Review of Birds of Eden

Birds of Eden
Ranked #4 of 14 things to do in The Crags
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Birds of Eden is part of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA). 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 at no additional cost.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“An amazing experience”
Reviewed June 18, 2011

Birds of Eden is an amazing place to visit. As you enter the sanctuary, you forget that there is actually a HUGE net over the whole park. Birds fly "freely" in the the sanctuary, and have plenty of room to do so. The birds aren't in cages, so you get to see them, up close in their natural environment. If you sit on one of the benches, you will see plenty of different species, some local, some not so local. We were fortunate to see the beautiful Knysna Loerie on our visit, we loved it!!

Visited April 2011
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Get very close to stunning birds - must see attraction.”
Reviewed February 8, 2011

Birds of Eden is a fantastic attraction, it is very well done with walkways around the forest. There are large bird tables on the edge of the walkways and the birds sit on these and on the walkway railings. They just ignore people so you really can get unbelievably close to some really beautiful birds. The variety of species that they have here is really impressive. I do not even like birds and I was bowled over by it! If you are in the area, this is a must see.

The only downside is the cafe - very average and like something you would expect to find on the side of the road. We just had drinks but I would not have wanted to eat here and it was not a pleasant environment.

Visited January 2011
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London, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very well done nature attraction”
Reviewed October 15, 2009

I'm not prone to awarding 5* to many things but this was a really excellent morning's adventure. The venue is well advertised, clearly explained and does exactly what it says. The birds are fantastic., almost overwhelming at times, and the facility is very well done. Our toddler really enjoyed the walkways - perfectly safe - and getting near to the birds. They are not "tame" but many are comfortable getting close to you.

Overall, highly recommended.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Extraordinary environment”
Reviewed December 7, 2008

Our B&B hosts in Plett recommended this place and we spent a fascinating afternoon there. All day would not have been amiss. It's a bird reserve under a huge canopy (Guinness Book of Records stuff) where you are pretty much left to your own devices. The bird population is huge - not just African - and all apparently well used to humans, although the proximity of some of them could be a bit scary to some small children. You wander through the site on a walkway and perhaps the best experiences are to be had by sitting near the many feeding stations.

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