- Parks and Gardens, Zoos and Aquariums Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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One of Jo'burg's most popular family attractions, the Montecasino Bird Gardens – which sits about 19 miles northwest of downtown – houses an array of brightly colored birds, reptiles and smaller mammals within a lush garden setting. In addition to strolling through the property's grounds, visitors can feed more than 60 species of birds in the aviary or enjoy a 30-minute bird show at the on-site amphitheater.
Overall, past travelers raved about the Montecasino Bird Gardens. In particular, many appreciated the park's friendly staff, reasonable entrance fee and entertaining bird show. To truly make the most of your visit, reviewers suggested buying some food at the ticket office to feed to the birds.
Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except in December when the park stays open until 6 p.m.), the Montecasino Bird Gardens – which require a car to reach – charges a small admission fee. For those 11 and older, tickets cost 64 rand (or about $4). For adults 60 and older and children between the ages of 2 and 10, tickets are available for 36 rand ($2), while children younger than 2 can enter free of charge. Guests of the park's affiliated hotel also qualify for a discounted entrance fee of 36 rand. And while the birds are the star feature of this attraction, other property amenities like the Café Flamingo and playground earn stellar reviews as well.
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