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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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great place to see penguins

if you would like to see african penguins, this is the right place to go, the staff were very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Giessen, Germany
Lots of penguins!

This place is magical! Had no idea South Africa had penguins! There’s baby penguins and adult... read more

Reviewed 5 days 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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“sea birds” (14 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
+27 82 907 5607
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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 5 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 September 2017

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 23 August 2017 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

1  Thank np234
Reviewed 22 August 2017

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
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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.