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Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre

Rehabilitation Centre for Birds of Prey in George

The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre run by falconers Bertus and Lizette Beukes is a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey in George on the Garden Route of South Africa. Their mission is to educate the public and specifically the youth on the importance of birds of prey. They want to create a passion to be educated amongst the public in the role of these magnificent birds, the rehabilitation, conservation and release. The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre operates under the rules and regulations lay down by the Cape Nature Conservation.

Family Friendly Attraction in George

A visit to the Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is great family friendly attraction. Avid birders, people looking for things to do in the area and young children with inquisitive minds will all find a visit to this rehab centre extremely educational and interesting. The centre does rehabilitation of all raptors and you will learn more about the rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of falcons, eagles and owls. During your visit to the centre your guide will introduce you to between 30 and 40 different raptors.  The centre has a constant flow of birds with their rescue, rehabilitation and release program. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to visit the centre. School groups are also catered for.

Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is located at the George Wildlife Park with ample parking.

Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00
  • During school holidays open 7 days a week except Christmas Day.

Entrance Fee

Garden Route Birds of Prey

  • Adults: R60.00
  • Children: R30.00 under 12

Garden Route Birds of Prey and George Wildlife Park Combo’s

  • Adults: R100.00
  • Children: R50.00
  • Children under the age of 3 Free

The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is a non-profit organization. Visitors to the centre aids in the generation of income for the rehabilitation, conservation and release they do. Sponsorships, the Adopt a Raptor Program and volunteers also form a great part. For more information on getting involved in this great conservation program, as well as Eco Friendly Pest Bird Control contact the centre.

George Wildlife Park

Family Friendly Places to Visit in George

The George Wildlife Park opened their doors in December 2017. This exciting addition to the Garden Route and George especially offers a great and affordable family friendly activity catering for all ages. When living in the area, passing through or on holiday, the George Wildlife Park is definitely one of the top places to visit!

Wildlife and Animal Park in George

The George Wildlife Park is home to a number of happy and healthy animals. Owner, JP Kameel, with 14 years experience working with wildlife has a great passion and love for wildlife and other animals. Some of the resident farm animals at the George Wildlife Park include pigs, bunnies, chickens, geese and dwarf goats. Visitors can view these animals and even have the opportunity to feed them. At the Predator Park at the George Wildlife Park visitors can view 2 Bengal tigers, 2 cheetahs, 2 servals and 2 caracals. At each enclosure visitors will find a board with interesting facts about these animals. School groups and other groups are welcome and tours can be arranged for these visits.
Feeding time for the Bengal tigers is at 14:00 daily. Make sure you are at the George Wildlife Park between 1 and 2 for the feeding tours.

Kiddies Play Area in George

Kids will love the spacious outdoor kiddies play area at the George Wildlife Park. Here children can run around and play in a safe and secure area. Fun filled hours playing on the jungle gym, the seesaws, swings and little swing ponies. All this while mom and dad can relax and enjoy refreshments and a meal on the patio of the restaurant overlooking the play area.

Venue for Kiddies Parties in George

The George Wildlife Park offers the perfect venue for kiddies parties. Contact the friendly staff for more information and to make arrangements. Host a great party at this exciting venue in George with wide open spaces to play and jumping castle for kids birthday parties.

Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 09h00 to 16h00
  • During school holidays open 7days a week except Christmas Day

Entrance Fees
George Wildlife Park

  • Adults: R60.00
  • Children: R30.00
  • Children under the age of 3 Free

Garden Route Birds of Prey and George Wildlife Park Combo’s

  • Adults: R100.00
  • Children: R50.00
  • Children under the age of 3 Free

Warmwaterberg Spa – Hot Mineral Spring

Hot Mineral Spring on the Route 62

Warmwaterberg Spa is a hot mineral spring situated between Barrydale and Ladismith on the Route 62 from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn. Here you can restore body and soul with the tranquil atmosphere, wide open spaces and steaming hot water. Day visitors are welcome to visit the Warmwaterberg Spa. Please contact us in advance to make sure that we can accommodate you.

Activities at Warmwaterberg Spa

There are 3 outdoor pools, two hot and one cold. The temperature in the hot pools varies from 38 to 42 degrees C. The cold pool is 25 degrees C. Other activities at Warmwaterberg Spa include hiking trails on the property as well as drives to nearby mountains and towns.

Wedding and Conference Venue on Route 62

The Warmwaterberg Spa Lapa with a shop, restaurant, bar and reed covered deck with fantastic panoramic views of five mountain ranges is suitable as venue for weddings, birthday parties, spit braais, small conferences and workshops on the Route 62.

Accommodation at Warmwaterberg Spa

You are welcome to extend your stay at the Warmwaterberg Spa! Self catering accommodation and camping sites are available. Accommodation rates are affordable.

 

CP Nel Museum

CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn

The CP Nel Museum, famed for being one of the best small town museums in South Africa, is housed in the former Oudtshoorn Boys High School at 3 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn. This sandstone building with its prominent clock-tower was  designed by Charles Bullock and erected in 1906. The main theme of the museum is the ostrich industry, focusing on the ostrich feather boom period (1900 – 1914).

  • Transport – variety of vehicles including an Oxwagen dating back to 1839, the first car in Oudthoorn an Panhard and the Schacht, a Dutch model from the year 1909
  • Bedroom – an early years bedroom scene with beautiful furniture
  • Dining Room – the expensive and luxurious furniture used in this room belonged to one of the old “Ostrich Barons”
  • Music Room – a variety of historic musical instruments are on display in this room.
  • N.A. Smit – room and its contents are depicting past happenings in the building. This was the History classroom of Mr N.A Smit (several places in Oudtshoorn were named after him), teacher at the old Oudtshoorn Boy’s High School.
  • Synagogue – the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum and it’s still being used. It has an Ark that is one of the tallest.
  • School Hall – filled with historical photographs of students.
  • Ostrich Hall – the cultural and natural historic aspects of the ostrich are depicted. You will experience the ostrich industry in its entirety.
  • Store – a typical 1911 sales store.
  • Military – Reminders of the Second World War, and the brave men who died during the event is to be seen. The museum also specialises in a variety of ancient weaponry.
  • Natural History – This is a scene of animals found in the Klein Karoo.
  • Street Scene – including a chemist, bank, crockery and clothing displays

Le Roux Town House Museum National Monument

Le Roux Town House Museum, situated at 146 High Street, Oudtshoorn, forms part of the museum. It was built in 1909 and is an attractive house with stained glass panels reflecting the distinct Art Nouveau style. This house also designed by architect Charles Bullock was build for a farmer, Mr. Le Roux as a town house for him and his family. The house was declared a National Monument in 1980.

 

Visiting Hours

CP Nel Museum:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Saturdays: 09:00 – 13:00
  • (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)

Le Roux Town House Museum:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 17:00
  • (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)