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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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Well worth a visit

This Marine & Rehabilitation Centre is certainly well worth a visit from both locals and tourists... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2016
Port Elizabeth
You have to see this place

This is a lovely day out for anyone who loves nature. For a small very affordable fee there is and... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2016
Toni R
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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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 1 May 2016

This Marine & Rehabilitation Centre is certainly well worth a visit from both locals and tourists. Extremely educational as well as giving the visitor a look at some of its resident penguins. You may also be lucky enough to see a rescued penguin or seabird...More

1  Thank hipnana
Reviewed 30 April 2016

This is a lovely day out for anyone who loves nature. For a small very affordable fee there is and informative talk/tour to that is very interesting and the birds steal the show hands down. Comical and clever they bop around and play. There is...More

1  Thank Toni R
Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

This place offers great insights in the life of the African penguins. The volunteers have there heart on the right place and show a lot of dedication. If able, please support them (or adopt your own penguin!) Tip: first get your (free) permit at the...More

1  Thank Sebass v
Reviewed 18 April 2016 via mobile

The volunteers are very passionate about their work and it's always a pleasure to be in the company of passionate people. We went at 2:30pm so we could see the Penguins being fed and we enjoyed it. The entrance fee is cheap and if you...More

Thank LearnAsIgo13
Reviewed 26 March 2016

I love Samrec and have adopted a penguin here . The centre is clean and really nice to visit . The staff are friendly and very caring . There is a little learning centre where you can feel penguin fur and learn about them

1  Thank 365giannad
Reviewed 25 March 2016

Visited on a day the Penguins were being released into to sea , it was great watching the walk to freedom and tentative return to the sea , they do good work here

1  Thank madiesel
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Been there a few times now and it's just great to see the work done by the staff and volunteers. Very tidy setup and layout that more than adequitly give you great information, educates and makes you appreciate the marine aspects of nature that we...More

Thank Larni V
Reviewed 15 March 2016

I took my two year old granddaughter to visit. She was fascinated by the penguins in the pool outside. The tour was very informative and she loved the touch displays.

Thank LindaJono
Reviewed 3 March 2016

It's only small but we had a very good tour from enthusiastic staff (Chanel). Thankfully, there's no attempt to mimic a zoo, which is definitely a good thing.

Thank Doob123
Reviewed 1 March 2016

These Penguins looked well & happy in their environment,we saw them being fed ,this was a good experience for us ,however all family groups especially the young would like this facility to visit.

Thank Johnno527
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16 November 2017|
Response from Margo W | Reviewed this property |
hello I certainly would recommend it. they have an educational room set out specifically for children were they xan touch the displays. its not a big site so easy for little ones to walk about. enjoy it
11 July 2015|
Response from Carolina M |
They don't have shows, the animals are just there.