COVID 19 Revised Operating Hours

The park is once again open every day from 9am to 3pm. In terms of section 36 (12) (a) of the Disaster Management Act amendments dated 29th December 2020, the restriction on gatherings means the free-flight bird show is currently suspended. We will announce the reopening date for the show as soon as we can. We have a limit of 250 guests in the park at any one time, and to keep our staff and other guests safe, masks must be worn at all times during your trip to the park, and screening of all guests is performed before entry.

Please be patient as we redevelop our website.


The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.

The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.

To learn more about the birds in our collection, please click here