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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

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Address: Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Phone Number: +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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

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chynak
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 any trip to PE

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 known that this is the biggest breeding colony of African Penguins in the world! Keep... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

This was a good attraction for a morning. The tour guide took us through the history of the Penguins, what needs to change and into a room with all sorts of interesting marine artifacts. We got to go outdoors and see the birds and hear their stories. we then went through the rooms where they look after the birds that... More 

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Brenham, TX USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

The staff was very kind to let us come in in spite of a school visit with a crowd of young learners. They took us to the pool where you can get within 2 meters of penguins playing and diving

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Western Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

These beautiful creatures wrapped themselves around my heart faster than my cat did. The place is not very big and I was rather surprised there weren't more people there. We arrived at 14h30 just in time to see these adorable penguins receive lunch. They stood quietly together in front of the lady who fed them one at a time, then... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016

We visited with Alan Tours on a half-afternoon tour in conjunction with Cape Recife. We found the volunteers extremely helpful in explaining their cause and showing us around the Centre. They do marvellous work and we were lucky enough to be there at feeding time and to see two three week old chicks being weighed. Thank you for all you... More 

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Geraldton, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016 via mobile

This is not a conventional place to visit. There is quite a lot for young kids to learn and everything can be touched. Great environment for young children. The penguins and other water bird are gorgeous. Very welcoming and friendly staff.

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