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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

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Well worth a visit. Knowledgable and helpful staff are on hand to answer all your questions. And... read more

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Everyone is helpful and it is educational. Definitely a great adventure for children and adults... read more

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“marine birds”(6 reviews)
“cape recife”(11 reviews)
“animal lovers”(3 reviews)
SANCCOB is Port Elizabeth's marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. The centre's purpose isn't just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different...more
Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 583 1830
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Reviewed today

Well worth a visit. Knowledgable and helpful staff are on hand to answer all your questions. And they are doing an amazing job educating and rehabilitating. Children especially will love it as the penguins are extremely cool and funny.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PhantomSteve2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everyone is helpful and it is educational. Definitely a great adventure for children and adults. How can anyone not find penguin feeding absolutely adorable? Thank you for everything you do to raise awareness and help our little feathery friends.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AdventureAlex
LucH205, Marketing and Fundraising Officer at South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the lovely review!

Reviewed 8 October 2018 via mobile

A place full of passionate and friendly volunteers educating people on a daily basis about how our actions affect the penguins and wildlife.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Charlane-GW
Reviewed 30 September 2018

We had great fun chatting to the two snake holders who let us hold the snakes. They are very dedicated to their animals!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 445amy
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Wonderful place to go and see Penguins and other Marine birds. Very informative tours, and a Coffee shop will soon be available. It is a non-profit making rehabilitation centre for Marine birds. Mainly the African penguin, endangered birds our children may no longer see in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank JPR_10
LucH205, Marketing and Fundraising at South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Thank you for the lovely review, do visit us again!

Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We visited the rescue center and thought it was a very nice place, where they explain all about penguins and what they do to rescue and return these animals to the wild. However the address that was given in trip adviser is incorrect. The center’s...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Diana Lee R
Reviewed 27 August 2018

this is a small museum run by enthusiastic volunteers, their knowledge is quite vast and they really do such good work, saving penguins, ganets, etc

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank noname100001
Reviewed 27 July 2018

we payed entrance for 4 people and there was only to see a room and 1 cage for a lot of pinguins ,locked up in a very small place, so the money was only a tip for the people there !

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Nancy V
Reviewed 1 July 2018

(This place has recently been renamed as SANCCOB Eastern Cape) This facility rehabilitates injured sea birds, in particular the endangered African Penguin. For a small entrance fee, you can tour the facility, peek through the "hospital" window, watch a feeding if you time it right,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank caromorg
Reviewed 21 April 2018

This center is about 1 km inside the gate of Cape Recife Nature Reserve and for a few rand they will give you a tour and show you the work they are doing to save marine birds and return them to the wild. There is...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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16 November 2017|
Response from Margo W | Reviewed this property |
hello I certainly would recommend it. they have an educational room set out specifically for children were they xan touch the displays. its not a big site so easy for little ones to walk about. enjoy it
11 July 2015|
Response from Carolina M |
They don't have shows, the animals are just there.