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Owls, Eagles and Squirrel Monkeys at The World of Birds in Hout Bay (2017-06-24) Animal Attractions | Photo Gallery 27 JAN 2019

Hout Bay’s impressive World of Birds avian-focused animal sanctuary and its exotic garden theme has been a staple of the Cape Town tourist scene for years now.

The birds, the greenery, the animals, the sheer size, everything combines to make for a fantastic family outing option (for both locals and tourists alike), and is certainly a visit that we’ve all enjoyed in the past.

So of course, the girls and I paid them a visit.

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And yes, as far as the girls were concerned, the interactive squirrel monkeys enclosure was by far the biggest hit of the day.

Related Link: World of Birds | Hout Bay | Cape Town

Cats versus Birds My Life 17 JUN 2011

So on the day we were expecting the first visit from Mom and Pops to the Gordon’s Bay Lotter stronghold in absolute ages, guess what happened?

Well, as I should have known, I strolled past the bathroom in the morning, only to recoil in horror as the sight inside caught my unsuspecting eye. Yup, an absolute bloody explosion of feathers and bird bits covered the floor of our guest bathroom.

Stupid cats.

So one clean-up later, and with everything good to go, I get a shout to come outside from Chantelle. And there, by the outside braai, is Chantelle and the small Mossie she had plucked to freedom away from the cats. The little bird was still a young chick, unable to fly, and unfortunately, now very far away from its a) nest and b) protective parents.

Unfortunately, with no real alternative open to us, Chantelle carefully placed the Mossie into a tree and shooed the cats away, but as we expected, the minute our backs were turned the chick was turned into chow.

Nature is pretty cruel that way sometimes.

Photo Gallery: Falcon Ridge (2010-05-10) My Life | Photo Gallery 10 MAY 2010

The Drakensberg is a spectacular part of our country, and one of the spots well worth a visit if you are ever in the area (like when Chantelle surprised me to a weekend away at the stunning Inkungu lodge for my 30th birthday!) is Falcon Ridge, a birds of prey sanctuary that is in the business of rehabilitating our feathery predators.

With a spectacular view down into the valley, knowledgeable handlers and an awe-inspiring collection of rescued and rehabilitated birds of prey, Falcon Ridge is definitely on my list of places to return to! :)

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Photo Gallery: Honeymoon Road Trip – Birds of Eden (The Crags, Plettenberg Bay) (2009-11-21) My Life | Photo Gallery 21 NOV 2009

Situated next to the great Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden is a massive, fantastic open air aviary hosting a huge variety of birds. Definitely a sight worth seeing if you ever find yourselves in the area, just as we did when on the Garden Route leg of our honeymoon road trip.

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