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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary

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In Muckleneuk

-25.7701, 28.226


+27 12 440 8316, +27 12 341 0591


The Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary is a place of peace and beauty tucked away in the heart of suburbia. Zoologist Austin Roberts was one of South Africa's first amateur ornithologists and the 12ha sanctuary is named in his honour. Robert’s book, ‘Birds of South Africa’ was first published in 1940. It is now in its 7th edition and still considered the standard work on southern African birds.

Around 170 species have been recorded in the sanctuary, which gives bird lovers the opportunity to see many of Gauteng’s more common bird species up close. Guided walks in the sanctuary can be booked, and are a great way to familiarise yourself with the sanctuary’s many avian residents.

Visitors should be aware that there is a perimeter fence around the sanctuary and birds must be viewed from outside the fence. Nonetheless, rarities like the grey crowned crane, and South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, keep bird photographers and twitchers coming back for more.  

The bird hide beside the dam offers the best bird watching, where an abundance of waterfowl can be seen gliding across the water or wading for their dinner. 

Non-birders and families also enjoy the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary’s tranquil woodlands as a place for a relaxing walk or picnic. Beyond the sanctuary is the Blue Crane Restaurant. It has an outdoor sundowner deck with elevated views over the dam, and a popular tea garden. 

Address: Boshoff Street, Muckleneuk, Pretoria 

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