Highlight: Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre

Although Dullstroom is widely known as South Africa’s ultimate fly fishing destination, both the Walkersons Hotel and Spa estate and the surrounding region boast a variety of gripping activities that are sure to enthrall you. Not only is the picturesque and quaint town of Dullstroom home to the luxurious Walkersons Hotel and Spa but it is also home to the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre. The Centre is a must visit if you’re staying at our Hotel, or anywhere in the area for that matter, and are looking for an exciting and educational way to spend your morning or afternoon in Dullstroom.

Dullstroom Birds of Prey Centre

BACKGROUND

The Dullstroom Bird Of Prey Centre was established in 1997 and has been located at its present site since November 2004. The Centre strives to promote conservation through education with a heavy emphasis on allowing the public to interact with the wildlife on an educational basis rather than an entertainment basis. The centre hopes to instill an understanding within members of the public about raptors by promoting awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species. The centre evolved into a rehabilitation centre when it became evident that there was a great need for care of injured and orphaned birds of prey as well as other wildlife species. The centre is open from Wednesdays to Mondays; 9am to 4pm, subject to weather conditions so it’s best to call in advance to make sure the centre is open.

Bird Handling

WHATS ON OFFER

Flight Displays: Demonstrations take place for about an hour, depending on guest involvement, between 10:30am and 2:30pm daily with no additional cost. Visitors are afforded the opportunity to get a close-up view of how raptors fly and hunt as well as experience the agility and beauty of these birds while in flight. There is an accompanying educational talk which is very interesting and informative.

Raptors flight experience

Handling Days: Looking for a more personal and interactive experience? The centre offers a handling experience to the public for only R400 pp.  Spend the morning working alongside the falconers and the magnificent birds and learning about them before assisting with the flying of the birds.

Birds of Prey Centre Dullstroom

Photographic Days: The centre offers keen wildlife photographers the opportunity to capture the graceful elegance of raptors by devoting their time and effort to allow you to capture the perfect shot. Prices range depending on how many usable photographs you take. For more information about bookings and prices: falconer@wildlifesos.co.za.

Raptors photography

School Groups: At a cost of just R30 per student, the centre offers bird of prey talks and demonstrations in a manner that is sure to keep students attention and imagination flowing. To reserve a date email: info@wildlifesos.co.za.

Raptor educational talks

Weddings: If your loved one is passionate about wildlife and birds in particular, than this unique and special service is just what you’re looking for. We have trained owls that can fly in bearing an engagement ring or on your wedding day fly your wedding rings down the aisle to you. For more information on this extraordinary service email: falconer@wildlifesos.co.za.

owl ring bearer Walkersons Hotel is a grave supporter of the centre and we suggest this excursion to all! After an exciting day at the centre, our hotel is the ideal destination to relax, reflect and unwind so be sure to secure a booking at reservations@walkersons.co.za. Visit our website for more information or call: +27(13)253 7000.

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Charlene Bacchioni

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