A great family outing is to the Bird Gardens located on the outskirts of the Montecasino complex. If you have a half or full day to spare in Johannesburg, then this is a must visit for the kids.
It is a hidden bird garden as I personally never expected to see an huge walk-through aviary in the concrete jungle of Johannesburg. What makes the gardens so beautiful is that it has the largest and most diverse private collection of South African Cycads in the world.
My 20 month old son loved the experience from the fantasy show to seeing his favourite meerkats and the over 60 species of birds. There is plenty to keep the kids fascinated.
Our favourite is definitely The Parrot Gallery being able to get up close makes for awesome photo moments with the Macaws and Cockatoos.
The Southern White Pelicans are gorgeous to look at and it is amazing how enormous these waterbirds are. At the entrance you can also purchase duck pellots to feed the ducks for an additional minimal charge.
There are also small wildlife from frogs, scorpions, Meerkats, Black Mambas through to Lemurs and a fierce Iguana.
Make sure you are in time to see the Fantasy shows (included in ticket cost) which are educational and your kids will have loads of fun seeing the birds showing off their colourful feathers and talents.
Fantasy Shows: Weekdays: 11h00 and 15h00
Flight of Fantasy Shows: Weekends and Public Holidays: 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00
Wheelchair/ pram friendly except for a very small section in the walk-through aviary.
Baby changing facilities available.
After a great day with the birds, head for a light meal and milkshakes at the Flamingo Cafe and the kids can enjoy themselves on the jungle gyms available.
We highly recommend a visit to the gardens!
Adults 11 years and older is R 75
Children 2 – 10 is R 50
Children under 2 is free.
Pensioners 60 and older is R 50
Hotel Guests (Palazzo, Southern Sun Montecasino and SunSquare Montecasino) – entrance is free with a valid guest registration card
(*Reduced rates after 15:30, please check their website for up-to-date rates)
Mondays to Friday: 08h30 – 17h00
Weekends and Public Holidays: 08h30 – 17h00
How to get there:
Montecasino Boulevard, Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen
Click to see the location via google maps.
The Gautrain Bus makes a stop just outside the bird gardens.
It is walking distance to the Fourways Farmers Market.
Parking is at the casino complex.
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Visited last: August 2017