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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

#2 of 20 things to do in Gansbaai Features Animals
Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
+27 82 907 5607
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Trip to Penguins

Enjoyed visiting the place where injured and sick penguins and seabirds are cared for and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Gansbaai, South Africa
Very informative but no action for kids.

After a 30 minutes ride from Gansbaai we enjoyed a 120 minutes verbal excursion through the history... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dirk M
Hannover, Germany
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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.
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  • Average7%
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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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 27 April 2017

A good oportunity to see penguins outside the main colonies (e.g. at Boulders bay or Betty Bay). Ideal stop before leaving Kleinbaai.

Thank Cantonadi
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I liked the clean cages, the way the people handled the penguins. You can see everyone there have a passion for the animals. They had school children volunteering and I loved the fact that they were open to teaching the future generation how to handle...More

Thank Emily R
Reviewed 16 April 2017

So important these guys do in the sanctuary, definitely worth a donation while you are there. The guys work there with great passion to support the endangered community of South African Penguins. For only 1000 Rand you get a mention on the donators wall!

Thank Jörg P
Reviewed 12 April 2017

These birds are a bit smelly, as one would expect on a fish food diet, lovely surrounds pleasant staff doing a superb job. Worth the visit.

Thank Rory H
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for a brief visit and found the sanctuary delightful! The lady gave us fantastic information about each rescued penguin or gull and their background. They clearly do valuable work and are deeply invested in protecting the African penguin. Definitely worth a visit...More

Thank p0rtia
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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.