Birds of Eden, the bird sanctuary in The Crags near Plettenberg Bay, is on an African grey parrot mission.
Visit Birds of Eden - the Garden Route's very own free flight bird sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.
A true free-flight bird sanctuary
Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. Visits to Birds of Eden are usually self-guided, however guided walks are offered on request.
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden , The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary are winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
Most recently, SAASA was declared winner of the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the category of Major Tourist Attractions for The Hidden Forest Wildlife Sanctuary.
Our primates need your help!
For as little as $5 you can buy a square meter (or more)
of forest to help preserve our sanctuary.
TO PRE-PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE OUR RATES ARE:
- Single Tickets: R350
- Combo Tickets: R590
- TripTic Tickets: R700
- Children (aged 3 to 12): pay half price
- Babies 2 and under: Free
- Bookings not required
Donate R1000 to SAASA and receive a voucher for our WackyWildlife special
This voucher includes a visit to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and an unforgettable Ocean Blue Adventures cruise.Read More
Frequently Asked Questions
Can visitors walk through the forest in Birds of Eden on their own?
Birds of Eden has a 1.2 km wooden walkway, along which visitors can stroll at their own pace. If required, guides for Birds of Eden can be pre-booked.
Can I touch or hold any of the birds at Birds of Eden?
No, touching and/or feeding of the bird is strictly prohibited. We don’t condone wildlife petting at our sanctuaries – it is a pure form of harassment.
Is Birds of Eden wheelchair accessible?
Yes, at Birds of Eden, we have easy access ramps for wheelchairs and we provide wheelchairs (to use) at our sanctuary for the elderly and visitors who walk with difficulty. It is always better to pre-arrange the use of our wheelchairs, so please contact us for assistance.
What else can I do near Birds of Eden?
You can bungy jump, abseil, go tubing, do a canopy tour, whale watch, hike, visit the donkey sanctuary, kayak, shop, horse ride, surfing, see the big 5, abseiling, sky dive, or you can relax on the beach. There is too much to do to list. Please email us for assistance.
I believe our biggest issue is the same biggest issue that the whole world is facing, and that's habitat destruction.
Steve Irwin - Conservationist
Environmentalism opposes reckless innovation and makes conservation the central order of business.
Lee Dekker - Manager of Birds of Eden, Plettenberg Bay
The most important environmental issue is one that is rarely mentioned, and that is the lack of a conservation ethic in our culture.
Christian Schauerte - Ex-curator of primates, Monkeyland
At Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay you've got the lemurs and monkeys leaping through the trees overhead. It's a chance to remember what the world can really be like.
Hilletje Moller - Volunteer safari guide
People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think that animals are worthwhile.
Lazare Kokolo - Safari guide, Monkeyland
People must feel that the natural world is important and valuable and beautiful and wonderful and an amazement and a pleasure. The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see a monkey except in a picture book?
Amanda Dreyer - Teacher
I believe that conservation education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message.
Niel Shrenk - Safari guide, Monkeyland
The whole of science, and one is tempted to think the whole of the life of any thinking man, is trying to come to terms with the relationship between yourself and the natural world. Why are you here, and how do you fit in, and what's it all about.
David Attenborough - Conservationist
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