Umgeni Bird Park – Amongst the Greatest in the World
Umgeni River Bird Park in Durban is rated amongst the world's top bird parks and sanctuaries. A magical walk through a magnificent display of colors, bird calls and fresh air, Umgeni Bird Park is an unforgettable experience for the entire family. Discover a vast variety of both indigenous and exotic bird species, housed in their natural habitat. Be sure to spend a morning, or even an entire day at the magnificent Umgeni River Bird Park.
An amazing natural escape, Umgeni River Bird Park leads you through verdant vegetation and past sparkling waterfalls, all the time surrounded by birdsong and flapping wings. You are guaranteed an opportunity to see a large number of the bird park’s 400 exotic and indigenous birds, made up of 400 species, whether in the walk-through aviaries or out in the open paddocks. As one of the most spectacular bird parks in the world, Umgeni’s pathways allow you to spot lories (touracos), aras, cockatoos, various parrot species, forest birds, water birds, small seed-eaters and busy insect-eaters. See if you are able to identify the different birds or recognize their calls. Home to rare bird species, Umgeni River Bird Park is also involved in the breeding of such birds. Little cute chicks are raised in the baby room. A viewing window provides visitors with a peek at the goings on of the baby room.
Umgeni River Bird Park also hosts a fascinating free flight bird show. A unique experience, the show features endangered blue cranes and wattled cranes, a beautiful African Fish Eagle, the massive Cape Vulture, cheeky hornbills, tall storks and wise owls all engaging in unrestricted flight. A fun and educational show held daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, it is certain to please the entire family.
The tea garden at Umgeni Bird Park offers lovely light meals which are enjoyed whilst encompassed by bright birds and greenery. Beautifully situated along the Umgeni River, just 1km up from the river mouth, Durban‘s Umgeni River Bird Park comes highly recommended. Visitors are welcome everyday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Remember to bring your camera to record your feathered adventure.