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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
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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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Educational, and a good cause

Visited this place in summer. It's a really fun day trip, for a reasonable price! There's a little taxidermy museum hall where you can view a few exhibits relating to marine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Bathory139
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016 via mobile

Visited this place in summer. It's a really fun day trip, for a reasonable price! There's a little taxidermy museum hall where you can view a few exhibits relating to marine life before you head out to the penguins and birds. Once outside, the Penguins are really cute and seem happy. All the profits go towards conservation efforts, which I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2016

We turned up mid morning to have a look around. The volunteer who took us around was very knowledgeable and helpful. We felt that they really had an understanding of the needs of the animals in their care. Felt humbled by the experience. We spent about 90 minutes there, although we could have spent longer. Very informative and enlightening.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

Great short activity (about 30 mins) that is in a very convenient location. <R50 per person Bring cameras!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016

A small but very effective and quite humbling operation that rescues injured creatures from the sea, restores them to full health and returns them back to where they came from. A wonderfully simple place, but an interesting and rewarding experience for visitors.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2016

A very nice way to soend a half day is to visit cape Recife and make a trip to visit the penguins. Do the tour as weel, interesting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2015 via mobile

Had such a great experience there. Friendly people not that much $$. Watching the Penguins feed was a good experience for children and for myself. Must Go !!

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The centre - labelled on signage as 'SAMREC' - is accessed via a security gate on a side road leading to Cape Recife lighthouse. Just say you're going to SAMREC and they'll let you through. The entrance of the building has some displays and toilets. Pay your entrance fee at the desk and the volunteer, or another one, accompanies you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Best place to visit but not on empty stomach, the cafe is meant for snacking. Well we went out to see whats the fuss with these cute, smooth and adorable little creatures.

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Thank Victor K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed the place. Our guide was lovely and all of her explanation were really interesting. The people was warm and nice, all of them volunteer. The penguins are so cute, and I think everyone will enjoy this tour.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Good to see the work of SAMREC, reintroducing rescued penguins to the wild. Nice to see the penguins, about a dozen of them, and to hear about the work of the centre. Good value at R30 and you can spend half an hour looking at the exhibition and seeing the penguins. Well worth a visit.

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