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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 08:00 - 16:00
Open today: 08:00 - 16:00
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Wonderful experience hundreds of penguins

A well built walkway allows you to see penguins in many different setting and many more unusual... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fantastic initiative - Free entrance but please Donate

The sanctuary and work being done by the staff and mostly volunteers is highly commendable. The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Pretoria, South Africa
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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...more
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Geelbek Street | Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, Overstrand 7220, South Africa
+27 82 907 5607
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Reviewed yesterday

A well built walkway allows you to see penguins in many different setting and many more unusual local birds

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank jimmcbeath
Reviewed yesterday

The sanctuary and work being done by the staff and mostly volunteers is highly commendable. The facility is well maintained, great decor and clean. The Penguin enclosure as far as we could see was also clean and well kept. It was worth the while stopping...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TravelSnobb
Reviewed 16 December 2018

This place is the hope for most birds and they are lovely little creatures. as someone that is aware about the extinction of the birds this is like a haven to these animals. Thank You Dyer Island Conservation Trust you guys are doing an excellent...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amanda E
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

Maybe we expected more and even though it is worth a quick visit, and the work being done is amazing, it is a 5min walk around with no interaction from any staff. Went in, saw penguins in enclosure, browsed small gift/curio shop and off we...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mariaan T
Reviewed 14 December 2018 via mobile

I have always loved penguins. They have such characters. I am glad this sanctuary exists. Humans are destroying so much of their habitat as well as injuring these precious creatures. While at the sanctuary have a coffee, relax and just watch penguin life. If possible...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Crazyredpepper
Reviewed 7 December 2018 via mobile

Very informative, my little one loved the penguins! Will definitely recommend this to anyone. Do make the time to visit!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 505nickyn
Reviewed 7 December 2018

A lovely place for a cup of tea or coffee whilst viewing the rescued penguins up close. It's worth going even for just 15 minutes to talk to the staff and spend a bit of money to help this great cause. You won't regret popping...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Daniel641
Reviewed 23 November 2018

The birds have all been injured or are ill. The sanctuary cares for them and releases the ones which recover back into the wild. The staff are very knowledgeable. There is a café, gift shop and toilets. It is free but you can make a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 773chrish22
Reviewed 11 November 2018

The sanctuary is free to the public, but please give a donation. The African penguins are endangered. You will learn about them and see them in an enclosed pen. Then go to the Cape of Good Hope and see them in their natural habitat.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DMStraveler7865
Reviewed 4 November 2018

This relatively small building houses some amazing stories. After our morning Dyer Island tour, we were told to go to the 3pm feeding at APSS. As we sat and had a lovely drip coffee, the five children (all under 10 years old) were treated to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Faye F
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Kim M
1 January 2017|
Response from EmilS1645 |
They are closed today. 2 Jan open again. Entry free of charge.