A Visit to “Birds of Eden” in Plettenberg Bay
Birds of Eden is a unique and enormous 2 hectare dome which spans over a gorge of lush indigenous forest. It is, in fact, the World’s largest free flight bird sanctuary dome. The nets are placed rather high in the air to allow the birds to fly around freely. They are protected from any unwanted predators.
The decision to develop Birds of Eden stemmed from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. This gorgeous dome is home to over 100 species of vibrant birds including a few endangered species. More than 2000 birds habitate this dome.
When we entered the dome, it is as if you have literally entered paradise. It is absolutely exquisite! We were welcomed by 2 African Grey Parrots. These gorgeous birds seemed to be keenly interested in us! These birds have become so accustomed to humans that they like to amuse themselves with them. It felt rather wonderful having birds fly on your shoulder and arms. Yet, while there were some that were friendly and leisurely sitting on our arms, there was another African Grey Parrot trying to bite our feet and following us wherever we went!
In Birds of Eden, prepare to be completely swept away. You could spend anywhere between 4-7 hours in this spectacular place. The wooden walkways lead you through the lush forest, over a river, under a waterfall and eventually to a dam where the geese and ducks are prolific.
Just like Monkeyland, there are numerous wooden platters of food which the birds are attracted to. They are rather difficult to photgraph as they are incredibly fast. When we sat on the benches, the birds came near us to cure their curiosity.
It is truly spectacular to be in a paradisiacal environment where hundreds of birds are prolific in the area and are not bothered about a human’s presence. Some decide to introduce themselves whereas others follow you and watch from a short distance.
After a few hours, we arrived at a dam and pond where hundreds of gorgeous ducks and their little ones, flamingo’s and many other tall birds roam around. There is a restaurant on the waters where we enjoyed refreshing drinks. You can also buy special food and feed the ducks and geese.
When in Birds of Eden, do not hurriedly walk through it. Take your time and leisurely walk through this exquisite dome.
Take in the beauty and admire the abundance of magnificent birds. Just sit and watch. You will be truly amazed and completely appreciate the earth so much more!