The African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is a working facility dedicated to the conservation of the largest selection of indigenous raptors in southern Africa, consisting of 180 birds from 50 different species. Situated on 60 hectares of scenic valley bushveld in Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal, within easy access of both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the sanctuary cares for eleven of the twelve owl species, five of the eight vulture species, and numerous other raptors found in Southern Africa.
The sanctuary is a specialist bird of prey rehabilitation unit for treating orphaned, sick, or injured raptors throughout KwaZulu-Natal. It boasts dedicated hospital facilities to give the birds the best chance of recovery so that they can be released back into the wild. Not only is the sanctuary a home for many unique birds, it is also a base for on-going research, breeding, and rehabilitation projects for raptors. Although the sanctuary is one of the best of its kind, there are a fair amount of birds whose injuries are too severe to allow them to survive on their own in the wild. These birds are housed in ‘micro-climate’ enclosures at the sanctuary where they can be viewed by visitors.
One of the primary roles of the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary is to introduce raptors to the general public, so that they can experience the normally rare and elusive birds first hand. To facilitate this, a specially trained group of raptors take part in daily flight displays. Experience for yourself the soar of a goshawk, the swoop of a shy owl, or the speed of a diving falcon. Other birds to be seen include owls, hawks, falcons, kites, buzzards, and kestrels. The flying displays are open air and weather dependent. So, if you are uncertain, phone ahead to avoid disappointment.
- The Kestrel Café
- Jungle gym and animal farm
- The African Trading Gallery
- 40 minute Hiking trail