Birds of Eden www.birdsofeden.co.za is the largest single-span free-flight aviary in the world. The sanctuary encompasses 2.3ha of partly forested land, covered by a 3.2ha mesh and criss-crossed by a 1.2km walkway. Visitors are welcome to explore at their own pace, with the use of Birds of Eden's specialised guidebook. The sanctuary is home to over 3,500 birds of around 220 species, including touracos, Knysna Loeries, swans, spoonbills, weavers, scarlet ibis, barbets, parrots, parakeets, waterfowl, flamingos, starlings, robins and cranes.
Also living at Birds of Eden are some of the miniature primates who are too small for its sister sanctuary Monkeyland www.monkeyland.co.za : Cotton-top tamarins, golden-handed tamarins and bushbabies. Furthermore, giant fruit bats from South East Asia and the indigenous blou duiker buck can be admired in this stunning aviary.
The sanctuary terrain includes a deep gorge with a waterfall and the highest point in the aviary is approximately 50m, covering all the treetops and allowing ample flying space for its winged inhabitants. Since most of the birds have spent their entire lives in captivity, this is their first chance to make adequate use of their wings and to experience natural avian behaviour. It is questionable whether these birds would survive such an adventure in the real wild, because they have been raised in circumstances where their education did not prepare them for natural predators, or to forage and hunt for their subsistence.
There are several beautiful spots for relaxing in the sanctuary, such as our large wooden deck in the forest, the pavilion situated in the middle of a waterfowl-filled dam, the surrounding landscaped areas, the adjoining (outsourced) restaurant and a wooden amphitheatre in an ambient forest setting, which seats up to 220 people. The latter venue is suitable for weddings.
You can request rates from Lara at email@example.com or +27 (0)82 9795683.
Birds of Eden is situated 16km East of Plettenberg Bay (in The Crags) just 2 km off the N2.
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The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa