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Austin Roberts Memorial Bird
Austin Roberts Coordinates 'S25 46 182 E028 13 661

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Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary was named after South Africa's greatest ornithologist, J Austin Roberts. The University of Pretoria presented the self-taught Roberts with an honorary doctorate for his many achievements, which include the standard South African reference books on birds and mammals. The bird sanctuary was officially proclaimed as a nature reserve on 26 February 1985.

The sanctuary is located in the Walker Spruit open space system. Two streams, the Walker and the Argo, feed water into wetland basins, of which nine are small perennial dams that attract water birds such as Egyptian geese, white-breasted cormorant and hadeda ibis. Other species include South Africa's national bird, the blue crane, as well as the crowned crane.

Activities and facilities

  • A wide variety of birds that can be watched from the bird hide, such as the blacksmith lapwing and white-bellied sunbird.
  • Guided walks can be arranged, and an exhibition hall is also available.


Visiting hours

  • Summer (September to April): 06:00 to 18:00.
  • Winter (May to August): 07:00 to 17:00.


  • Entrance fee to bird hide: No charge.
  • Guided walks: R55 per person; up to 12 people per group.


Bookings and contact details for reservations


  • Tel: 012 358 1753.
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