African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Marlene S
116 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Learning more about penguins was very interesting but this location and staff are responsible for rescued penguins. This is a free activity and so worthy of sharing more knowledge on the dangers to this incredible animal, you won’t be disappointed especially if you can catch their feeding time.
Written 19 February 2024
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geezers2
geezers250 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Anything that helps animals in distress is to be welcomed. This place is free to visit, you will learn so much from people who genuinely care for the creatures and what wildlife is experiencing in the world around us. You will see first hand the animals that would not be here without the care and commitment of these caring souls.
Written 4 January 2024
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Ade G
9 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The visitor sanctuary is a small area but has a lot of information on seabird rescue and conservation. There are a few penguins and seabirds to see but don't expect this to be like a zoo, it is a sanctuary that focuses on rescuing birds and if possible returning to Dyer Island. Coffee shop and gift shop on site both very pleasant. Expect to spend maximum of an hour on visit.
Written 23 April 2023
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dennys34
Giessen, Germany3 887 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
Place where they protect penguins and seagulls who are sick - very important work nice to see - for a quick stop. Interesting to get a good idea about the sealife.
Written 13 April 2023
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Afrexplorer
Southampton, UK93 contributions
Jun 2022
This sanctuary provides a great sanctuary for penguins from Dyer Island and local sea birds, which are then returned to their natural habitat when they have recovered. Feeding time is the highlight when visiting. The centre has been designed to give ample viewing space, visitors are assured of a warm reception from the very helpful staff.
Written 6 February 2023
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BOFA BOY
Bridge of Allan, UK1 391 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Great to see this penguin retreat, for all the injured birds in the area. Reliant mainly on donations, this place is a “free entry” and well worth a visit.
Written 30 January 2023
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StevieThinks
South Africa42 contributions
Dec 2022 • Family
Worth a stop to support the sanctuary. They have Small coffee shop and lots of penguin related gifts as souvenirs……..,.
Written 4 January 2023
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reinier b
4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
During our visit to the southern coast of South Africa we stopped by at the Aftican Penguin Sanctuary in Gansbaai and we enjoyed very much to see how professionals and voluntary workers research and take care of hurt and ill penguins before re-introducing them back into the wild. Nice to see these little fellas (that we could only see here) and nice to see that are getting helped here in a professional way. Thanks to the sanctuary for showing us around the installations and for all the everyday work that they invest to help avoiding that these beautifull animals disappear.
Written 24 August 2022
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Judymvw
Basel, Switzerland11 contributions
Aug 2022
very interesting to learn more about the work done by the sanctuary and see the birds, with as bonus great coffee and cakes
Written 17 August 2022
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Bruce Marshall
18 contributions
Apr 2022
Great opportunity to learn about the African Penguin and the challenge that the species faces. The Penguins here are well looked after and some are permanent residents now. When they can be released back into the wild they are. There are also some captive gulls with only one wing each which are fun to watch. The sanctuary is looking to expand its purpose into looking after injured sea birds which is great too, especially those that can be saved after human interaction. Plenty of drinks to be bought and a reasonable selection of gifts from items of clothing, jewelry, books and fridge magnets to be bought in the shop. Recommend being there at 1500 for feeding time.
Written 4 May 2022
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