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Birds of Eden

#4 of 14 things to do in The Crags Features Animals
Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Lots of photo opportunities

This is well worth a visit. You'll see lots of beautiful birds, and with a bit of patience can get... read more

Reviewed 5 January 2013
Melbourne, Australia
Exotic bird collection

Being so close to the array of birds, both exotic and indigenous, is a wonderful experience. One... read more

Reviewed 30 December 2012
Knysna, South Africa
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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.
  • Excellent66%
  • Very good27%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“scarlet ibis” (19 reviews)
“bird life” (26 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Monkeyland Road, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa
+27 82 979 5683
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Reviewed 5 January 2013

This is well worth a visit. You'll see lots of beautiful birds, and with a bit of patience can get some great photos. The forest section is good to linger in if it's hot, and there's an open area around a lake where you can...More

Thank 24Percy
Reviewed 30 December 2012

Being so close to the array of birds, both exotic and indigenous, is a wonderful experience. One sees the finer details of the birds, whilst being able to walk amongst them.

Thank vanlipp
Reviewed 29 December 2012

Birds of Eden is a jewel of an attraction. The bird sanctuary is extremely well-maintained and the layout is fantastic, you can stride through and have up close and personal contact with very rare and gorgeous birds. You will be in utter amazement most of...More

Thank MvdW1984
Reviewed 28 December 2012

This is the biggest covered area where wild birds can fly around that I know of. It has been created in such a way that the natural forest is maintained. The walkway, suspended bridges and wooden buildings are so well buit and maintained and fits...More

Thank Leon K
Reviewed 23 December 2012

What a pleasant surprise it was to visit Birds of Eden at the Crags. This is certainly worth a visit. Just make sure you have at least two hours to spend there - there is SO much to see!

Thank Ericksons4
Reviewed 19 December 2012

We certainly didn't expect this! It doesn't look much from the outside and we were a bit hesitant but since you enter the Park its mind blowing! You can see the birds so close and they look so happy and well fed. You can take...More

Thank Le-Cabanon
Reviewed 13 December 2012

Yes, some of the birds are tame having been rescued by the sanctuary but it is a great place to visit. The birds are obviously used to visitors and so if you like taking photo's you'll have a great time. No guides to usher you...More

Thank NeilLanning
Reviewed 11 December 2012

A huge tented area with a lot of birds and some mammals. The walk is beatifully designed, it feels like you're walking in real nature. Comboticket with Monkeyland is recommended.

Thank Bonniebe
Reviewed 8 December 2012

While the bird sanctuary was quite nice with many imported (captive) birds and the large aviary impressive don't consider eating at the restaurant on site. They have a captured market and most certainly make use of this to rip one off for very average food...More

Thank 4now
Reviewed 30 November 2012

we got some great pictures here...also, it was a fun walk around...I wish we had been able to spend more time here...there are a lot of birds...and it would have been run spending the time to try to identify them

Thank JohnWK
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I plan to visit around April 16th. Do I need to buy a ticket in advance or can I just show up?
1 February 2017|
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Response from HerRoyalHickup | Property representative |
Hi There - you can just show up and buy your ticket at the door.
If you buy the combo ticket for here and monkeyland, do you have to visit both on the same day?
28 March 2016|
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Response from Deon D | Reviewed this property |
No, you can use it within a few days. But also include the Jukani wildlife park into your combo ticket. It is wort a visit. Combo tickets can be used to visit the park in the morning, and maybe return late afternoon again... More
Annemarie J
Hi, Is there a place to picnic at the aviary? Thanks!
26 December 2015|
Response from Deon D | Reviewed this property |
No, not really. There is a nice restaurant at the Monkeyland portion.