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KZN boasts many species of majestic birds of prey

Birds Of Prey In KwaZulu-Natal

22 days of the EXCEPTIONAL Zulu Kingdom – Day 2

KwaZulu-Natal is home to an impressive array of indigenous birds of prey species; boasting Hawks, Owls, Kestrels, Falcons, Kites, Vultures, Buzzards & Secretary Birds, among others. KZN features two major Birds of Prey centers;

African Bird of Prey Sanctuary,
Lion Park Road,Umlaas Road


The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a working facility dedicated to the conservation of indigenous raptors and is base to ongoing research, breeding and rehabilitation projects for birds of prey. The majority of these projects run ‘behind the scenes’ to ensure that the integrity of the wild birds is not compromised and that a high release success rate is achieved. The sanctuary is also, however, home to a wide selection of captive-bred or ‘non-releasable rehabilitation’ birds of prey. These raptors can be viewed in their ‘micro-environment’ enclosures by anyone who wishes to visit and learn about South Africa’s magnificent aerial predators.

The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary opened quietly in June 2006, but was an amalgamation or a variety of projects that have been ongoing in KZN for the previous five years. Headed up by husband and wife team, Ben and Shannon Hoffman, the sanctuary cares for over 180 different birds of prey of 50 different species. Partnering this project is the Mayibuye community, who owns the land on which the facility is built and shares a percentage of all gate takings.


Tuesday to Sunday                9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Falcon Ridge bird of Prey Center,
Falcon Ridge, Champagne Valley, Drakensberg

For the avid birder, a visit to the Drakensberg promises tiny gems such as the brilliant-green flash of a malachite sunbird; the chatty cacophony of a flock of masked weavers; to a breathtaking glimpse of the rare black eagle, martial eagle, lammergeyer (bearded vulture) or lanner falcon reveling in its natural habitat. One might even have the pleasure of viewing a cape vulture soaring above the foothills. Falcon Ridge is a bird of prey center in the Champagne Valley that includes large birds rehabilitated from injury, and provides an excellent opportunity to see these magnificent sky warriors in action. Daily shows include an informative talk and a memorable performance of avian acrobatics, as the resident birds of prey swoop down to seize tasty morsels of meat midair.


Sunday                    10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Monday                   Closed
Tuesday                   10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Wednesday             10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Thursday                 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Friday                      Closed
Saturday                  10:30 am – 12:30

African Fish Eagle - KZN Birds of Prey Centers
African Fish Eagle – KZN Birds of Prey Centers

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