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African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary

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Address: Off the R102 | Thornhill, between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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+27 42 286 0710
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Not worth the effort. Most Staff need some PR training on arrival. Grounds and cages are clean. Entry price is not worth it. Restaurant is overpriced and basic; not fantastic... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 August 2016
Wesley S
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

I recall African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary as a place connected to the earth for both animals and people. It's a wonderful place to volunteer. Be simple, it's not about fine dining or faux 'safari' luxury cabins. This is a real place, with great people and happy animals. The founder is passionate about creating a safe haven for animals.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Not worth the effort. Most Staff need some PR training on arrival. Grounds and cages are clean. Entry price is not worth it. Restaurant is overpriced and basic; not fantastic. Wasn't a bad visit overall but I wouldn't go again.

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Thank Wesley S
African D, Manager at African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi there, thank you for your review. I'm sorry that you found your visit to be Average, we strive to be more than that!. I will be reviewing our customer arrival experience and re training where necessary but please keep in mind our shop and restaurant are volunteer run by those who give their time to help the sanctaury. We... More 

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We were driving West on the N2 and saw the brown sign to this Wildlife Park and thought we would drop in . It is a winding dry weather road in and looks very underwhelming on arrival however once you go through the cave and into the small park it completely over delivers . All of the cages and enclosures... More 

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African D, Manager at African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your reveiw, we are glad you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again in the future More 

Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

I love animals and love to see they're well kept and looked after. Unfortunately this visit was different. The cages are small and over crowded and the overall view of the place just looks unhappy. Staff was not helpfull and looked bothered by us while we were trying to get tickets. The menu is not worth a stop as it... More 

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African D, Manager at African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Lisa I'm sorry to read you review and that you feel this way. The birds and animals are our top priority and we are continually updating and enlarging our enclosures and avairies. In December we built a new parrot avairy 51m x30m and our other two main avairies are probably the largest in the Eastern Cape! Unfortuantely as more... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Nothing good to say about this place. Tiny tiny cages and unhelpfull staff, limited menu, screaming monkeys, sad place.

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Thank Hayden B
African D, Manager at African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary, responded to this review

Hi Hayden I'm sorry to read you reveiew but with our new large 51mx30m parrot avairy and also hosting the largest aviaries in the Eastern Cape I'm a little surprised your option. We are constantly updating and enlarging some of our older enclosures as soon as funds allow. The monkeys have come in as ex pets (monkeys do not make... More 

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016

A little off the beaten track this place is a fun way to spend an hour or two. The dirt road leading the the santuary is in relatively good repair. You can buy some bird seed to feed the various birds that roam around. The parrots are great fun and will greet you with a 'hello'. It is not a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is very casual and this Sanctuary employs volunteers from all over the world, it lacks in service and the food menu is VERY limited but well worth a visit. All the pens are clean and well kept and was a great day out.

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

Visited African Dawn on a rainy day & unfortunately the access to the sanctuary had suffered due to the weather as so the journey once leaving the R102 was a little hairy. A 4x4 would have been better than the small car we had. However, once we arrived there was plenty to see including cheetahs & caracal. Plenty of interesting... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015 via mobile

First time we popped in with the kids... We walked through a dark and dreary cave entrance to an old and dusty reception next to a green, green slime filled koi ridden pool. The toilet entrances to the side of the cave were in darkness as well and we couldn't see which was which, for men or woman or even... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2015 via mobile

Very nice little sanctuary to visit! Great to be outdoors! Child friendly and you can feed and interact with the animals!

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