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Opened in 1984, the Umgeni River Bird Park is home to more than 800 birds and 220 species from across the world. Surrounded by soaring cliffs and set among 3.5 hectares of lush landscaping, the park is a tranquil haven in the middle of Durban.

The park is open 364 days a year (Closed on Christmas Day) from 9am to 5pm. The entry fee is R58 for Adults and R38 for Children (4-12 years) and R30 for Pensioners. There is no charge for children under 3 years of age.

The Cockatoo Cafe is located inside the park and serves a range of refreshments and light meals. They also cater for children’s parties. You can contact Neetu or Dinesh on 031 579 3377 for more information or email neetu.arjun@gmail.com.

No visit to the park is complete without seeing the free-flight bird show. Opened in 1997, the show features a range of birds from Macaws to Hornbills, Owls, Cuckoos and Kookaburras in unrestrained free flight demonstrating what they would do in the wild. The show is highly educational and also loads of fun. Shows are at 11am and 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday with shows on Mondays during school holidays. Please note all shows are weather permitting.

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