South Africa
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The Birds of Eden Sanctuary is situated in The Crags in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Birds of Eden is one of three sanctuaries in the Plettenberg Bay area managed by the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance, the others being Monkeyland and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuaries. This world class bird sanctuary opened its doors to the public in December 2005 and today has over 3 500 previously caged birds living in the sanctuary, representing approximately 220 different species. The sanctuary is the worlds’ largest single span aviary with a unique 2 hectare dome covering a gorge of indigenous forest.

Visitors entering the dome have a literal experience of paradise with many free-flight African birds, miniature monkeys, leopard tortoises and a mysterious ruin which includes a walk-behind waterfall and canopy bridge up in the clouds. The experience is truly unique and shows that bird watching doesn’t have to be boring or only for nature conservationists! It is recommended that visitors set aside about 4 hours when visiting the Sanctuary, just to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!

The free-flight bird sanctuary also affords bird owners the opportunity to apply to release their pet birds into the sanctuary, after undergoing rehabilitation.

Things to do and see

  • Guided Tours (optional)
  • Amphitheatre (200 seating)
  • Canopy Walk
  • Waterfall and ruins
  • Monkeyland Sanctuary (adjacent)
  • Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary (7 km)


An admission fee of between R88 and R175 is charged, excluding guided tours.

Combo packages for entry into two or all three sanctuaries are available. Prices are subject to change so please contact Birds of Eden directly to confirm prices.


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 28˚C with high rainfall in October.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June.


Chemair offers flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town directly to Plettenberg Bay. Other Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport. The  N2 highway will take travelers past Knysna and on to Plettenberg Bay, approximately two hour drive. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports. 

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