The world’s largest free-flight bird aviary (50 metres high, covering 23 000 square meters of forest). Birds of Eden houses more than 3,500 specimens of more than 280 species, with the main focus being African birds.
The dome covers 2 km of boardwalks, a restaurant, several ponds and dams and a souvenir store. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors.
Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request. Birds of Eden is the only Fairtrade accredited bird sanctuary in South Africa.
The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys and the sanctuary also enables bird owners to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.
- Open: 9am to 5pm, 7 days per week.
- GPS: S33 56’ 46.09″ E23 29″ 8.13″
- Directions: Monkeyland and Birds of Eden are 50 km from Knysna. Take the N2 heading towards Plettenberg Bay and continue past Plettenberg Bay remaining on the N2 for about another 16 km. Take the turn to your right at the second gas station to follow the signs for about 2 km.