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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

#4 of 78 things to do in Port Elizabeth Features Animals
Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 583 1830
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Educational and fun

Visited on a day the Penguins were being released into to sea , it was great watching the walk to... read more

Reviewed 26 March 2016
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Doing so much with so little!

Been there a few times now and it's just great to see the work done by the staff and volunteers... read more

Reviewed 23 March 2016
Larni V
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 26 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

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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 2 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
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Small but very interesting and educational rehabilitation center run by a dedicated group of volunteers. Well worth a visit while in Port Elizabeth. Great for children. K

Thank Kay P
Reviewed 18 February 2016

Adult tickets are R30, with kids and pensioners R20, which we thought was more than a fair price. The woman working at the front desk offered to show us around, and gave us such a thorough history of the destruction of the penguin population, as...More

Thank Lag66
Reviewed 18 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...More

Thank Bathory139
Reviewed 20 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...More

Thank Carolyne S
Reviewed 10 January 2016

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

Thank Megsa94
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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.