A Bird Resembling Grandpa and a Crow Picking up Garbage

Since we’re booked for the rest of the year with visitors, I figured I might as well enlist them in my quest for completing and enhancing my “What To Do in Joburg” post. This is how I recently ended up at the Montecasino Bird Gardens.

It is actually a very nice park, conveniently located close to where most expats live and part of the Montecasino complex, where you can shop, dine, gamble, watch movies, visit the theater, listen to comedy, even go up for a balloon ride (I’ll be writing more about the “Monte” in a different post).

If you like to take photographs, the Bird Gardens are a great place for some colorful shots, and the bird show that’s on twice a day is very entertaining. They also offer kids’ birthday party packages.



This is the Marabu Stork


Doesn’t he resemble Grandpa?


I loved all the colorful birds, like the macaws, cockatoos, and lorikeets. And it seems the lorikeets liked my hair! It actually also liked my teeth, which is when I had enough.





The bird show is done in this amphitheater and features Grandpa (the Marabu Stork who, it turns out, is quite a smart bird) from above, as well as a blue crane (South Africa’s national bird), a vulture, an owl, a toucan, and an assortment of different birds of prey.





It also features this crow who is trained to pick up garbage. I wonder if I could get myself one of those and train it to clean out the cat’s litter box?





All in all, a very nice family outing that doesn’t take too long. And you could finish off your visit by having a coffee or lunch on the Piazza next door or at the Palazzo Hotel.



This article is part of Joburg Expat’s What To Do in Joburg series.

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