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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

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Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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+27 41 583 1830

SAMREC is Port Elizabeth's new marine bird rehabilitation and education...

SAMREC is Port Elizabeth's new marine bird rehabilitation and education centre situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve. The centre's purpose isn't just to rescue and rehabilitate, but to also inform and educate the public through their different programs.Tour our marine rehab and education centre and experience nature through sight, sound and touch.Visitors can experience the hospital and see the volunteers in action helping to save our environment, in particular the endangered African Penguin.

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Great place to visit and learn about the work being undertaken to safeguard the penguin. A fascinating bird that can amuse and entertain.

Reviewed 5 March 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you are nearby come and visit. It´s a hospital for pingvines. No tours etc. We spend 30 min here. Good to see that the pingvins are look after very well. Lovley beach to walk along afterwards.

Thank Nellienos
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 March 2017

Great place to visit and learn about the work being undertaken to safeguard the penguin. A fascinating bird that can amuse and entertain.

Thank ROBINONorwich
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Reviewed 31 January 2017

rescue penguins amongst other seabirds rescued from the surrounding area. It was an excellent way to observe penguin behaviour and interactions and watch them being fed by the caring staff. The indoor exhibit was very informative as well. Definitely worth a visit, plus you are supporting a worthy cause as well.

Thank Tara Z
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

We found this by accident but so glad that we went. It is a small rescue centre, manned mostly by friendly and enthusiastic volunteers. You can get very close to the penguins and feeding time was worth waiting for.

Thank Rob_and_Kate_Scotia
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Reviewed 11 January 2017

Good experience to see the penguins and the good work that is being carried out looking after them. Facilities needs some upgrades.

Thank 888clintg
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Went as a family and enjoyed every minute. The volunteers were amazing ! One does not expect to get anything to eat.. however, we were served delicious toasted sandwiches ! Thank you guys... we will be back.

Thank Norma M
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

It is always awesome to see what these volunteers are doing to help the stranded penguins back to health. Our penguin numbers in the bay are dwindling slowly and these people are doing their best to keep them from extinction. The staff are friendly and informative. Watching a penguin release is something special.

1 Thank Rob K
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

We spent an hour or so with the guide at SAMREC viewing the Penguins, Gannets a Cormorant, a Heron etc and also looking around at the various exhibits and where the birds are cared for when they are brought in injured from the beaches etc. Not expensive either, so all in all a very worthwhile trip that helps to fund... More 

Thank John D
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Took our girls to the centre. They loved the penguins. Very informative centre with the most caring staff, staff that know every member in the facility by name. The Passion and love for these beautiful animals is clearly evident. We the public need to start investing in facilities like these (for our children) rather than material junk that they really... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Small Rescue Center with interesting information. Better to drive there or take a Uber/Taxi. You can find postcards and books in the place. Admission fee is 30 Rand (adults). It's an opportunity to see penguins if you don't get the chance to do a boat tour.

Thank Carolina M

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