Come and enjoy a unique day out with the family, enjoy personal encounters and experience a spectacular interactive flying show.

Eagle Encounters is a privately-run non-profit wildlife rescue, rehabilitation, conservation and eco-tourism centre specializing in birds of prey. Based on the beautiful, historic, fully organic Spier Wine Farm, their rehabilitation, conservation and educational outreach programmes are funded through their unique, exciting and interactive responsible eco-tourism programme.

Enjoy unforgettable personal encounters with owls, eagles, snakes, lizards, deer, piglets, tortoises… as well as interactive shows, where a variety of birds are flown to you. A truly memorable experience for the whole family!


  • Personal Encounters tickets available at reception, no pre-booking necessary
  • Spectacular flying shows (at 11:00, 14:00, 15:00 & 16:00 daily) where a variety of birds are flown to you
  • Dancing Barn Owls – join the party and discover what makes their owls dance
  • Spotted Eagle Owls flown to you in the owl enclosure.
  • Remember to take your camera along to capture these unique and unforgettable memories!
  • Order a Spier picnic (+27 21 809 1100) and enjoy it surrounded by beautiful wildlife..


Eagle Encounters was founded in 2001 by Hank and Tracy Chalmers. The land, generously donated by Spier Wine Farm, provides the perfect location for our rehabilitation, release, conservation, education and eco-tourism programmes. Eagle Encounters is a self-funded Non-Profit Organization.

Hank Chalmers met his first falcon when he was just five years old - his father was one of the first falconers in South Africa, trained by an American. By the time he was 8, Hank was in love with raptors (and a certain beautiful black eagle). Many years later, he and Tracy decided to become active players in the conservation arena and preserve South Africa's raptors for their children and future generations. Hank is hands-on with the rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation programmes and Tracy left the corporate world to administrate and market Eagle Encounters.

Today the Chalmers' home is filled with animals of all sorts, and their three children thrive in an environment where every animal (from porcupines to meerkats) and all raptors are welcome day and night.

IMPORTANT: This experience is normally R100 but is included in your SMARTPASS, see the prices for all Passes HERE.

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Tuesday 09.30 - 17.00
Wednesday 09.30 - 17.00
Thursday 09.30 - 17.00
Friday 09.30 - 17.00
Saturday 09.30 - 17.00
Sunday 09.30 - 17.00


Monday & Christmas Day

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Spier Wine Estate, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch


+27 21 858 1826