Bird Gardens at Montecasino

Parrots at the Bird Gardens at Montecasino

Parrots at the Bird Gardens at Montecasino (Image: Waleed Alzuhair)

Montecasino in Fourways, northern Johannesburg, is renowned for its gaming, shopping and entertainment facilities. The complex also houses a variety of restaurants that serve local and international cuisine. But Montecasino is not just about gaming, retail and gastronomic delights: the complex is also home to a top-rated natural attraction – the Montecasino Bird Gardens.

Montecasino Bird Gardens is the only sanctuary of its kind on the African continent and a real asset to tourism South Africa. The garden is home to more than 60 species of birds, reptiles and small animals – more than enough to keep any animal-loving visitor enthralled.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll along splendid walkways and through the main aviary, which houses colourful scarlet ibises, royal starlings and Nicobar pigeons.

Pelicans lounge about on the greens

Pelicans lounge about on the greens (Image: Waleed Alzuhair)

A host of amphibians, mammals, antelope, reptiles – including puff adder and black mamba – and more unusual animals, such as a sloth and lemur make a visit to Montecasino a worthwhile family experience on weekend getaways in Gauteng or just your regular day visit. The garden also boasts a spectacular collection of African cycads – more than 500 plants from 37 species – including an encephalartos middelburgensis plant said to be one of the oldest surviving plants.
For family fun the venue presents 40-minute educational and entertaining bird shows at 11am and 3pm on weekdays and 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekends and public holidays.

Flamingos

Flamingos (Image: Waleed Alzuhair)

Admission

Adults and children aged 11 years and older: R 64
Children aged two –10 years old: R 36
Children under 2 enter free.
Pensioners and hotel guests: R36

Visiting hours

Monday to Friday: 8.30am to 5pm
Weekends and public holidays: 8.30am to 5pm

Details

Physical Address Corner of William Nicol Drive and Montecasino Boulevard Fourways Johannesburg
Email welile@montebg.co.za
Phone Number +27 11 511 1864
Website www.tsogosun.com/montecasino/entertainment/bird-gardens

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