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“Sad and frustrating, a let down”

African Dawn Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary
Ranked #129 of 236 things to do in Eastern Cape
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Cape St Francis, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Sad and frustrating, a let down”
Reviewed 18 April 2014

Not a post we wanted to write but we feel we have to. We took family who were out from the UK to visit African Dawn. We are local to the area and were excited to show the best the Eastern Cape has to offer. 

It was horrific. The road is terrible but as South Afrcians, we were used to it but there should be a warning. When we arrived, the volunteers peeled themselves off the front lawn where they were sunbathing, clearly we had interrupted an afternoon in the sun. We paid, no smiles, no welcome, no information - nada! We tried. You can buy bags of food to feed....what we weren't sure so we fed the chickens! Are you allowed to feed the monkeys, or the cheetahs or the croc?? The point is who knows and some people really wouldn't have a clue! 

There are currently works in progress, to increase cage sizes, to be fair there are signs apologizing for this but we had to pick up bits of wire and nails as we had small children with us. They may be doing the best that they can, but this place looks more like a gathering for overseas volunteers than a happy, functioning, safe and established animal sanctuary. The rats in the duiker cage looked the happiest.We really wouldn't suggest this place, we all left feeling sad and upset, not the experience we were looking for.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Adopt an animal for a good cause”
Reviewed 26 September 2012

African Dawn is a worth while visit. They have 250 bird species. Animals include crocodile, cheetah, servals, lynx. It is also an endangered cat breeding centre. You can also adopt an animal for the cause. They do group bookings, offer accommodation , fully stocked bar , catering. Private room for functions as well as the use of the swimming pool.

Visited September 2012
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