African Bird of Prey Sanctuary in Ashburton & vicinity, KwaZulu-Natal
A Place of Care and Safety
The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is situated on 60 hectares of scenic bushveld, within easy reach of both Pietermaritzburg and Durban. The Sanctuary is dedicated to the conservation of indigenous raptors and is base to ongoing research, breeding and rehabilitation projects for birds of prey.
These projects are mostly run “behind the scenes” to ensure the integrity of these beautiful wild birds is not compromised and to also ensure a high release success rate is achieved. However, African Birds of Prey Sanctuary is also home to a wide selection of captive-bred or ‘non-releasable rehabilitation’ birds and invites visitors to their tranquil bird park to experience South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators for first-hand.
African Birds of Prey Sanctuary is a safe-haven to the widest selection of indigenous raptors in Southern Africa – “Owls, hawks, falcons and eagles from the smallest to the biggest, from common to rare, ordinary to exceptional we have them all!”. Visitors can wander through their enclosures and learn the life stories of these birds, stories which are sure to touch your heart! Interactive, free-flying shows take place each day, allowing visitors to see these magnificent aerial predators in action. There is a 40 minute nature trail which visitors are welcome to follow for a little extra time out in the bush and if you are visiting over the weekend, another special activity, the Vulture Feeding Session, is also an option!
After a fun and healthy day out in the sun (remember to bring along your hats) the kids can feed the rabbits and enjoy the play area while Moms and Dads order up a light meal and refreshments from the onsite Café. The African Gallery also offers artwork from all over the continent, showing a definite bird of prey influence!
Things to do and see
- Visitor Centre
- Flight Show
- Vulture Feeding Sessions
- Birds of Prey Enclosures
- Kestrel Café
- Africa Trading Gallery/Shop
- Kids Play Area
- Rabbits & Guinea Pigs (feeding allowed)
- Self-Guided Nature Trail
Showtime, Tuesday to Sunday @ 10H30
Vulture Feeding Sessions, Weekends & Public Holidays @ 12h30
The flying displays are weather dependant. We suggest calling ahead if you are uncertain if they are taking place so as to avoid disappointment!
Closed on Christmas Day
Prices are subject to change, please phone ahead to confirm.
Travel 18km east on the N3 towards Durban
Turn left at Exit 65 (Lynnfield Park) and travel 4km along the Lion Park Road. The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is on your right.
Drive west along the N3 highway towards Pietermaritzburg and take Exit 65
Turn right under the highway at Exit 65 (Lynnfield Park) and travel 4km along the Lion Park Road. The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is on your right.
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