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Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary

Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary  © Ryan Kilpatrick, License

Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary

Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary

The Austin Roberts Memorial Bird Sanctuary is situated in the Walkerspruit Open Space System. The sanctuary was named after one of the greatest South African ornithologists, J Austin Roberts. He was born in Pretoria and grew up in the Potchefstroom area. Austin Roberts received an honorary doctorate for his achievements which included standard South African reference books on mammals and birds. In 1985 the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary was proclaimed a nature reserve.
The Walker and the Argo streams feed water into wetland basins of which nine are perennial dams. These dams attract many water animals and birds. The sanctuary was fenced later on and has become a valuable amenity with recreational and educational value. There is so much to see and enjoy as well as learn about. There is a bird hide where you can watch a wide variety of bird life from the crowned crane to many unique species. The sanctuary also offers guided walks where you will get to learn so much about the area and the animals.

Summer (September to April) : 7am to 6pm
Winter (May to August) : 7am to 5pm

Guided walks:
Adults : R37
Children : R25 (under 18years old)
Guide : R125 (min 6 people and max 15 people)

Be sure to mark this exciting family outing on your calendar. For more details contact 012 440 8316.

From the Fountains Circle (on the R21), take the George Storrar turn-off. Travel east passing Koningin Wilhelmina Avenue, where George Storrar Drive changes into Middel Street. Turn left at the first traffic lights, Dey Street, and then left again at Boshoff Street. The entrance to the sanctuary is on the left.

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