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Set in a transformed old quarry where natural waterfalls abound and lush, tropical landscaped gardens have long since covered the exposed stone, the Umgeni River Bird Park beside the Umgeni River is a short 12 minute drive from the centre of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The park’s catchphrase is ‘inspire to conserve’ and this has been their aim since 1984 when a few enthusiastic birders first formed the park to both protect the surrounding birdlife and operate as an education facility. Since then, the 3.5ha Park has developed into one of the top bird parks worldwide with over 800 indigenous and exotic bird types on display.
The Park has four walk-through aviaries, each housing birds from different parts of the world. The plant life is worth checking out too, with ancient cycads, palms and ferns bordering the meandering paths and a natural reed-bed filtration system keeping the ponds clean.
A highlight is the free-flight show where various species of bird are set free to fly over the expectant crowds seated in a large open arena. These educational shows are held twice daily (except on Mondays) and the birds are regularly rotated.
Another highlight is the viewing window into the baby room. From here, visitors are able to watch young chicks being hand-reared by the park’s trained staff.
Sections of the Park are leased out for private parties and corporate functions, an excellent choice of venue for such events. The tea garden, Cockatoo Café, offers light meals to visitors and catering services for events.
Entries fees are affordable for families and the Park is open daily between 9h00 and 17h00.
The Umgeni River Bird Park is a popular school outing and sees thousands of visitors walk through the facility annually. It is regarded as one of Durban’s tourist hotspots, not to be missed!