We went and visited the Birds of Eden bird sanctuary earlier in the week. Now, to be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Much to my surprise, it was a really well set up place. The first thing that I noticed is that the birds are not in cages, but fly freely in a MASSIVE aviary of over 200 hectares. So you literally walk into the aviary and walk around it. It is a very well made, high elevation mesh that is higher than the trees and so the bird can fly and roam the place easily. This was a totally different experience. There are also feeder stations throughout the sanctuary that the birds swoop down onto (including the Knysna Loeries) and eat from. As a result of the close contact with people, the birds are very tame and don’t fly off when you approach. It was well worth a visit and I for one was really happy that we did…I would recommend it to anyone who visits the Garden Route.