African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary, Gansbaai: Hours, Address, African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary Reviews: 4.5/5

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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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06cbrocb
London, UK20 contributions
Short but sweet
Sep 2021
Not too many animals to see here (which I suppose is a good thing) but definitely worth popping in, learning a bit about the penguins they've rescued, and making a donation. The work they do is really crucial.
Written 21 September 2021
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SaxonLodge
Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa43 contributions
Fantastic facility
Dec 2020 • Friends
The sanctuary provides food and shelter for distressed sea birds. This enables them to recover amd be returned to their own habitat when they are ready.
This facility is subsided by donor funding and provides an essential function as part of the area’s strong conservation focus.
The on-site facilities for visitors include a coffee shop with fantastic cakes.
Visiting gives people the opportunity to enjoy the antics of the penguins and to be educated on the conservation status of these beautiful creatures.
Written 13 August 2021
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Ursula
68 contributions
Penguin Love
Dec 2020 • Family
We visited the sanctuary early on and were really enjoying the knowledge shared about the penguins. The shop was very clean and their service is spot on!
Written 4 January 2021
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Emarie B
Paarl, South Africa718 contributions
Interesting excursion
Dec 2020 • Family
They do good work. Never realised that this penguin is now endangered species due to lack of food due to over fishing. Excellent cakes. Feeding time is at 15h00.
Written 17 December 2020
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Jeanine V
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa15 contributions
Wonderful and informative visit
Oct 2020 • Family
We visited the centre in October and it was so nice. The guide has told us so much about the pinguïns and their habits. He showed us around the centre and explained everything very thoroughly. It's really worth a visit!
Written 6 November 2020
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Marlyn V
Cape Town Central, South Africa6 contributions
Must Visit
Sep 2020
Thank you to all the staff at APSS for all your love and dedication to looking after those penguins. The APSS has a lovely little shop for things to buy to remember your visit as well as a small coffee shop. Its free to visit and all donations are very needed. Enjoyed the feeding of the penguins
Written 25 October 2020
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Eicker
Cape Town, South Africa131 contributions
Amazing to see penguins up close
Jul 2020
Great experience and great to see the panguins up close. Sad to see them injured, but thats what the sanctuary is there for. Even some seagulls in the compound too. Well worth a visit
Written 6 July 2020
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Aly
Gansbaai, South Africa3 contributions
Happy place
Dec 2019 • Family
Love taking family and friends here! They do amazing work and kids and adults love it. Been here so many times and will go many more
Written 10 February 2020
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Alan A
St. Augustine, FL77 contributions
Small but very worthwhile
Feb 2020 • Couples
This is a small sanctuary. One main area housing the 9 penguins. Small shop and coffee area. Doing a very worthwhile job in protecting the penguin population. Worth a visit and donation.
Written 9 February 2020
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Jan
Banbury, UK153 contributions
If I could give this ten stars I would!
Jan 2020
My husband read about this Sanctuary in a local newspaper and thought it would be somewhere interesting for us to visit, as I am obsessed with penguins! We always visit Boulder Bay and Stony Point when we holiday in South Africa, but this is a very different attraction.
Due to all the over-fishing and plastic waste in our oceans,, there are many thousands of sea creatures who are suffering.
This Sanctuary rescues sea birds and penguins and takes them to this amazing place.
I was delighted to be allowed to be shown around the whole place including the ICU, the hospital, the medical centre, and the various places where the inmates are taken from arrival to hopefully their rehabilitation into the wild.
They have the most gorgeous selection of penguins in various states of health, and there are even three pairs who have settled down together.
I cannot speak highly enough of this 'attraction' and would encourage anyone to go and visit and get a greater wealth of knowledge about the care system for our sea birds and penguins.
We were told that in 1920 there were 1,000,000 African penguins, now there are 18,000 and by 2030 they will probably be extinct - how awful!
Written 30 January 2020
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