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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

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Address: Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
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+27 82 907 5607
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08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) a project of the Dyer...

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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Sweet visit for a good cause

This is a worthwhile cause that runs on donations given (no entry fee). If you go at the feeding times (call in advance to find out when this is and what birds they have in the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This is a worthwhile cause that runs on donations given (no entry fee). If you go at the feeding times (call in advance to find out when this is and what birds they have in the hospital at the time) you can watch them on a big screen in the shop area. It is only one room but you can... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was one of my favorite experiences during my trip to South Africa! Seeing the South African penguins in their natural habitat was absolutely amazing!

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Thank Estelle F
Umkomaas, South Africa
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44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The sanctuary is really just one room from which you can observe the penguins through a window. The facility is spotlessly clean and well appointed. The staff are very friendly and quite knowledgeable. Worth a stop for about half an hour.

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Thank Debbieholroyd
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Always impressed on each visit. Well kept facility, delightful cake and coffee (or cold drink) shop with curios make this a really good place to visit for the whole family and to take visiting friends. Learning about conservation from friendly and informed people and seeing penguins and other seabirds in their hospital makes the visit truly memorable. No charge but... More 

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Thank cathb224
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This centre does wonderful work in nursing and rehabilitating penguins and sea birds before releasing them back into their natural habitat. A one-way glass window ensures that visitors can get a close up view of the "patients", without the birds stressing. The staff at this centre do tremendous work - they have VW as a financial backer, but are reliant... More 

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Olivella, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

A cute small place to go. Very friendly staff, the feeding of the penguins is interesting but you can only see it on a screen as the feeding itself takes place in apart you cannot see from where you have to stand. If you are lucky enough you can be a witness to releasing penguins into wild life again.....an exciting... More 

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Thank Nicolezdp
Gansbaai
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

My baby brother was extremely impressed with the penguins. Friendly staff and environment for everyone, from small babies to all greys. Great work saving and rehabilitating the endangered African penguin and other marine birds. Lovely coffee shop and gift shop. Worth a visit. Thank you from Bopaki.

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Thank pinkeyngewu
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

A good experience to bring children and adults closer to nature and conservation. The staff are professional and informative. Also a good place to enjoy coffee and cake.

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Thank mariette4e
Pretoria, South Africa
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The place is for the rehabilitation of penguins, but I also saw cormorants and sea gulls that is part of the rehabilitation program. A very neat place with passionate people working there. This is the one place where you will learn about conservation. Take your camera, entrance is free, but you can give a donation. There is a coffee and... More 

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Thank aventer2017
Bedfordview, South Africa
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We were extremely impressed with how well run and delightful this establishment is. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. Our 15 month old grandson had a fabulous time observing the penquins and shopping afterwards. Lovely little coffee shop with delicious fresh cake. Definitely worth a visit.

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