Umgeni River Bird Park in Umgeni Park, Durban North, KwaZulu-Natal
Umgeni River Bird Park in KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa is situated in Durban North, just 10 minutes from Durban Central.
The Park is set in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscape and is home to 200 species and over 800 birds in total. Visitors walk through aviaries, waterfalls and rock formations with birds out on perches throughout the park. One of the highlights of your visit would be the Free Flight Bird Show, of which there are two each day, Tuesday to Sunday and also on Mondays during the holiday season. Birds such as owls, storks, hornbills and even the Cape Vulture demonstrate what they normally do in the wild in totally free unrestricted flight. The park features a cast of birds from Africa, North and South America, Australia and Indonesia making this attraction a very special place for a visit.
- Cockatoo Café
- Free Bird Flight Show (Show times: 11h00 and 14h00)
- Nursery viewing window
- Information Desk
- Tourist Shop
The Park is open every day, except Christmas Day, between 09h00 and 17h00. A small entrance fee is charged and membership packages are available. Please refer to their website.
Durban has a warm climate throughout the year with cooler evenings in the winter and rainfall throughout the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 20˚C.
There are Domestic and International flights into Durban’s King Shaka Airport on a daily basis. Bus services, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
The park was designed and by Dr. Alan Abrey, who as a young boy growing up in Durban used to visit an old quarry site which contained water. He remembered this location as a perfect option when he wanted to open a Bird Park and after a year of landfilling, landscaping and aviary construction the park was opened in April 1984 by then Mayor, Counsellor Sybil Hotz. The park focuses heavily on conservation and education.
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