The Montecasino Bird Gardens have been open for a while yet I have never visited them – it could have something to do with my slight fear of birds. Nonetheless I finally made it to the gardens last weekend, and am extremely glad that I finally went.
The gardens have the most amazing collection of birds from all over the world. Most of them are the more exotic kind, straying away from the usual pigeons and budgies. They have parrots, parakeets, owls, birds of prey and even South Africa’s national bird – the blue crane.
Not only do they have this awesome collection of birds but also a few mammals, reptiles and some unusual animals from around the world. You will meet meercats, small monkeys, small antelope, snakes, spiders, frogs, lizards and even a lazy sloth.
Twice a day they hold a bird show called Flight of the Fantasy, which is an extremely educational and interesting show of a few of their birds that they have managed to train. I had no idea that you could train birds so well. The show is quite cheesy as it is aimed at the children, but still fun to watch even if you are over the age of 10.
There is then a walk through Aviary – which I was least keen on but managed to walk through without any birds flying at my head. The Aviary has over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, Royal Starlings and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely on the ground.
Montecasino Bird Gardens is at Monte Casino in Fourways – corner of William Nicol and Witkoppen.
Open times: 8:30 – 17:00 daily
Flight of the Fantasy show times: Monday – Friday: 11:00 and 15:00, Weekends & Public Holidays: 11:00, 13:00 & 15:00
Price: R45 for Adults, R25 for children and pensioners, free for children under the age of 2.
Contact details: Tel:+27 (0) 11 5111864