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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

Features Animals
Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
+27 82 907 5607
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Educational and heart warming

Very educational and heart warming to see what the APSS centre is doing and the work and love that... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dee H
via mobile
Cute stop after a cruise

We asked our driver to stop by here after a whale watching tour. We arrive right at feeding time... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Minnesota City, Minnesota
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The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) based in Gansbaai, South Africa. A state of the art facility, designed and built by passionate experts, that strives to provide local marine avian species with a local rehabilitative centre where injured, diseased or distressed birds can be treated and rehabilitated.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sea birds” (14 reviews)
“gift shop” (4 reviews)
“worthy cause” (3 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very educational and heart warming to see what the APSS centre is doing and the work and love that goes into this. Staff such as Khulani and Lizzy are 2 true assets to the centre and this is a definite "to do" if you are...More

Thank Dee H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We asked our driver to stop by here after a whale watching tour. We arrive right at feeding time. Happy to spend money at the gift shop for a good cause.

Thank annaP2940TK
Reviewed 9 December 2017

There is no need to pay to go further, you can everything for free. Hundreds of penguins, parents feeding their young.

Thank wendycarey
Reviewed 15 November 2017

if you would like to see african penguins, this is the right place to go, the staff were very friendly. We visited at 3pm and were able to watch the penguin feeding, while having a nice coffee. There is a small shop on the site,...More

Thank peripatus333
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

This place is magical! Had no idea South Africa had penguins! There’s baby penguins and adult penguins. Beautiful to see them in their normal habitat. Specially on the beach... see them swim up to the beach and waddle unto the sand. They’re everywhere. Great for...More

Thank uama1
Reviewed 9 November 2017

it was ok. you get to see some birds up close being rescued. Not much of an actual tourist sight. Seems more like a money grab in the gift shop, but as long as the money goes to the right place, we don't mind!

Thank STSMark
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

This is a fantastic place to visit with your kids. It’s wonderful to see the incredible work being done by these kind and caring people that rehabilitate these hurt penguins. Grab a coffee and a slice of cake and make a donation toward this excellent...More

Thank GusBehn
Reviewed 31 October 2017

On our previous visit the penguin enclosure was being cleaned so we did not see the birds. This time we had chance to see the rescued penguins and learn something of the excellen work they do at the sanctuary. We also enjoyed a cup of...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Awesome cake and coffee, and beautiful view on the rescued birds ! Really chill place to spend some time while doing a good action

Thank Samuel T
Reviewed 13 October 2017

The staff is great. You get the feeling they really care about the animals. Informative and a god place for a coffee or even a bite. Not much activity for kids though.

Thank husky28
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Kim M
1 January 2017|
Response from Emil S |
They are closed today. 2 Jan open again. Entry free of charge.