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Umgeni River Bird Park – A Beautiful Display

The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.

The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.

The park was created with the aim of educating people about birds and creating an awareness of their beauty and diversity. The past few years has seen this educational focus shift towards a broader view of conservation and biodiversity awareness in general. Signage is continously being updated and changed according to world-wide trends, visitor requests and expansion of our own knowledge.

As well as signage on the cages, we also have other educational mediums in use around the park. The Education Station is in the heart of the park opposite the African Aviary and contains a variety of posters, Rhinocerous Hornbill Skeleton and Information Boards. More exhibits are planned for this space and all exhibits change on a regular basis so there is always something new to learn.

Every year the park plays host to thousands of school children from across the country. We have a range of packages for schools and tours with varying prices, times, guided tours, worksheets and also meal options. Please contact us to request a package list and also for date availability. It is important to book well in advance to ensure we have space and staff available.

One of the highlights of the park is the free-flight bird show. Featuring an ever-changing cast of stars from around the world, the show is educational and loads of fun. Show times are at 11am and 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday with shows on Mondays only during school holidays. No visit to the park is complete without seeing the show. Please note shows are weather permitting.

The park is also the perfect place to have your next party, corporate function or Christmas Party. We have a range of packages available and you can contact Neetu or Dinesh from the Cockatoo Cafe for more.

The park is open from 9am to 5pm every day (closed Christmas day). Entry Fees are R40 for Adults and R20 for Children (4-12 years) and Pensioners. We also have a range of Membership packages available which give you free entry for a year and a host of other benefits. Please email education@urbp.co.za for more details and prices or inquire at the gate when you enter the park.

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