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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

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Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
+27 82 907 5607
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Great people and great cafe for conservation

We discovered this by accident when going between Agulhas and Cape Town. A great surprise. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert O
Animals do not belong in cages

I went as part of a larger group because we wanted to see penguin but seeing them in the wild on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
+27 82 907 5607
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We discovered this by accident when going between Agulhas and Cape Town. A great surprise. We hadn't booked a tour, but the lady running the cafe and the gift shop did a really interesting talk about the penguins, and put a video on for us...More

Thank Robert O
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went as part of a larger group because we wanted to see penguin but seeing them in the wild on the cape would have been better. These penguin were kept in a very small enclosure that was dark and they all seemed very depressed...More

Thank np234
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff at the sanctuary were very friendly and really tried hard to answer any questions. It was interesting to learn about the various penguins they had saved and the work they do at the sanctuary. They do have bathrooms there and coffee if you...More

Thank LibbyH1
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Not sure if it was out of season, but when we were there, there were no activities / shows / talks available. Also no entrance fee (they welcome donations). We would have loved to hear a short talk on the penguins and other marine life...More

Thank Kirk S
Reviewed 15 August 2017

You can't actually pick up a penguin - there are specialised people who have that honour but was lovely to see the penguin orphans being fed and cared for. There is a shop with Penguin related items for sale and a coffee shop with snacks...More

Thank _dklandi
Reviewed 20 July 2017

Enjoyed visiting the place where injured and sick penguins and seabirds are cared for and rehabilitated. some really heartwarming stories of where they were found and how they will be looked after before returning to the wild.

Thank 986johanp
Reviewed 11 July 2017

After a 30 minutes ride from Gansbaai we enjoyed a 120 minutes verbal excursion through the history of this sanctuary. Nicely done and worth to support.

Thank Dirk M
Reviewed 8 July 2017

A very short stop to this sanctury. Clearly they are doing great work, but on our trip not a lot of animals. The inside shop is however nice and all proceeds go to the sanctury.

Thank 148leons
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Just amazing to see so many African Penguins waddling around in their natural habitat or frolicking in the sea. What a sight! A must-see if you are in the neighborhood; the visit takes less than an hour.

1  Thank Laurence R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

APSS is an amazing rescue and rehabilitation facility. The staff are friendly and have expertise in looking after sea birds in need of help. They are well worth a visit.

Thank coletteb850
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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.