Take me Home Country Roads, an old-time favourite from John Denver, starts with the words “Almost Heaven”. These words ring true for the spectacular uKhahlamba Drakensberg mountains in the Central Drakensberg. It feels like the closest to heaven you will get!


Nestled amidst the awe-inspiring peaks of the Drakensberg, where emerald valleys unfold beneath sapphire skies, lies a sanctuary dedicated to the apex predators of the African sky – Falcon Ridge. This isn’t just any bird of prey center; it’s an immersive experience that lets you witness the raw power and grace of these magnificent creatures up close, against the breathtaking backdrop of the Drakensberg’s grandeur.


Where Raptors Take Flight:

Falcon Ridge isn’t just a show; it’s a story of resilience and rehabilitation. These feathered marvels haven’t always been free. Many have been rescued from injuries or orphaned, finding a second chance at life under the watchful care of the dedicated team at Falcon Ridge. Through meticulous rehabilitation and training, these majestic birds regain their strength and soar back into the wild.


Witnessing Avian Acrobatics:

The daily flight displays are the heart of the Falcon Ridge experience. As the sun paints the Drakensberg peaks with golden hues, prepare to be awestruck by the breathtaking ballet of wings. Witness owls glide silently through the air, hawks dive with breathtaking speed, and eagles slice through the sky with an unmatched power that sends shivers down your spine.


Each flight is accompanied by an informative talk, unraveling the fascinating secrets of these avian predators. Learn about their unique hunting techniques, their ecological roles, and the challenges they face in the wild. The knowledgeable guides at Falcon Ridge bring these majestic creatures to life, fostering a deeper appreciation for their vital place in the ecosystem.


Beyond the Show:

Falcon Ridge isn’t just about the spectacle; it’s about education and conservation. The center actively participates in research and rehabilitation efforts, contributing to the protection of these vulnerable species. Visitors can learn about the threats these birds face, from habitat loss to illegal wildlife trade, and understand how Falcon Ridge plays a crucial role in their conservation.


An Experience that Stays with You:

A visit to Falcon Ridge is more than just a tourist attraction; it’s a transformative experience that leaves a lasting impression. It’s a chance to connect with the wild spirit of the Drakensberg, to witness the raw power and beauty of nature, and to gain a newfound appreciation for these incredible creatures.


Planning Your Visit:

Falcon Ridge is located in the Champagne Valley, a picturesque region within the Drakensberg Mountains. The flight displays are held daily (except Fridays, weather permitting) at 10:30 AM. Booking in advance is recommended, especially during peak season and take note that Falcon Ridge is closed on Mondays.


So, if you’re looking for an adventure that will take your breath away, soar with the eagles at Falcon Ridge. It’s an experience that will stay with you long after you leave the Drakensberg, leaving you forever changed by the magic of these feathered giants.


The Nest Hotel is conveniently located on the R600, a mere 10 – 15 minute drive to Falcon Ridge. Check out our specials and book your stay with us. We offer cozy accommodation with beautiful views of the mountains. We invite you to come and experience our little piece of our heaven!