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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

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Address: Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 82 907 5607
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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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.

Reviewed 6 days ago
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4 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
Abtwil, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Piketberg, Western Cape, South Africa
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 and protect the sea life. I would have liked it if they would have tell... More 

Thank Emily R
Frankfurt, Germany
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Stockholm County, Sweden
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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
Hong Kong, China
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178 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
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 and a donation.

Thank p0rtia
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 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 

Thank Grayson99
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 March 2017

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!

Thank Estelle F
Umkomaas, South Africa
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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.

Thank Debbieholroyd
Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

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 

Thank cathb224

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