A world of discovery
Take a meander along the spellbinding paths that lace themselves through Montecasino Bird Gardens, and it’s not difficult to see why it makes for the ideal outing for nature-loving families. Escape the urban buzz of Joburg by visiting this sanctuary, where hours fly by as you encounter wildlife including mammals and reptiles, in addition to winged dwellers.
Prepare to be captivated by the sheer variety of birds homed at Montecasino. It allows you the rare chance to come into contact with 179 species, including the hard-to-miss scarlet ibis and beautifully plumed nicobar pigeon.
Birds of a feather
Make your way to the Tuscan amphitheatre any day of the week, where the Flight of Fantasy Show promises to educate and entertain you in equal measure. The Gardens are involved in the Mabula Ground Hornbill Project, which makes a difference in the lives of these striking birds by hand-rearing second-hatch chicks and releasing them back into the wild. All donations collected at the Flight of Fantasy shows go towards the conservation of this endangered species.
Besides the winged wildlife, various mammals also live at the Gardens. Enjoy the rare experience of walking among blue duikers, and check out other friendly inhabitants including ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs, meerkats, bats, mongooses and small primates during your visit. This variety makes it perfect for little ones’ birthday parties, where the Gardens mascots, Tango the Toucan and his friends, join in the festivities.
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