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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

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Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 583 1830
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Small but well worth a visit

We found this by accident but so glad that we went. It is a small rescue centre, manned mostly by... read more

Reviewed 23 January 2017
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Good experience to see the penguins and the good work that is being carried out looking after them... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2017
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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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Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 583 1830
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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
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
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
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...More

1  Thank Rob K
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....More

Thank John D
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...More

1  Thank Bronwyn D
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...More

Thank Carolina M
Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Small rescue centre with dedicated and passionate staff - relying on visitors for funding. I encourage everyone to visit SAMREC. The penguins are hilarious

Thank ms_tinnitus
Reviewed 30 October 2016

As others have mentioned the center itself is small but the staff clearly have a great passion for what they do. They were very informative and we were able to observe a number of penguins and birds up close. Definitely a place to visit on...More

1  Thank chynak
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Although small as a center I strongly felt the passion and dedication of the people running this, as I understand mostly on a voluntary basis. Very informative and great to learn about these vulnerable birds which live so closeby. Without SAMREC I would not have...More

Thank Martijn v
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11 July 2015|
Response from Carolina M |
They don't have shows, the animals are just there.
Rue S
26 March 2015|
Response from Carolina M |
No, you don't need a ticket.