Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds

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ANCCOB’s Cape Town and Gqeberha centres offer informative tours that are fun and educational for all ages and interests. Whether you wish to learn, watch a penguin waddle along, hear a seabird squawk, entertain visiting loved ones or are interested in a career in conservation, there is something for everyone to experience at our facilities.

Daily centre tours have the following restrictions at both centres during Lockdown Level 3 in South Africa:

  • No more than 6 people per family group
  • Booking is essential and walk-ins for tours are only permitted if tour slots are unbooked
  • Masks are compulsory: headgear and neck scarves cannot replace masks and no filter masks allowed
  • Covid-19 protocols will be adhered to with regard to temperature checks, completion of Covid-19 questionnaire and regular hand sanitising
  • Our on-site shops are open from 8am to 4pm and you can also visit our online shop here

SANCCOB CAPE TOWN TOURS

  • The Cape Town centre in Table view can accommodate four tour groups per day at 10am, 11am, 12pm and 2pm on week days, and 3 tours on weekend days at 10am, 12pm and 2pm.
  • Home Pen feeds take place at 11am and 3pm daily if it interests you to watch as part of your tour experience.
  • Compulsory booking with Alex at Alex@sanccob.co.za or call +27 21 557 6155. Our tours are child friendly and an informative experience for all ages.
  • Tour costs in Cape Town: Adults at R60; Kids 12 years and under at R50; Senior Citizens at R40.

SANCCOB GQEBERHA TOURS

  • Based at the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, our Gqeberha centre’s tours are every hour on the hour starting at 9am and last tour commencing at 2pm.
  • Home Pen feeds take place between 9am and 10am, and between 2pm and 4pm daily if it interests you to watch as part of your tour experience.
  • Booking is compulsory. Please call +27 41 583 1830 for more information and to book your tour group.
  • Tour costs in Gqeberha: Adults at R45; Senior Citizens and Kids 12 years and under at R30.

Tour options at Cape Town centre (Only to be reinstated when lockdown restrictions in South Africa have completely eased):

  • A guided tour behind the scenes throughout the facility and varies from 45 minutes to one hour
  • Our kids tour will not venture into every specialised area and varies from 30-45 minutes, offering activities such as colouring-in, touching a taxidermy, dressing up in a penguin suit and learning the penguin waddle, as well as looking at slides and preserved organs (optional).
  • We offer a personalised and in-depth tour with an exclusive meet and greet opportunity with specialised staff behind the scenes of our rehabilitation facility. Duration is approximately 2.5* hours and priced at R500 per person.
    *Please note that booking is essential

SCHOOLS

Environmental education experiences at our Cape Town and Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) centres are designed to highlight our conservation message. Our educators work with you to develop the best learning experience for your class, either at SANCCOB, or at your school. We offer many interesting and engaging lessons, including tours of the facility, bird watching and beach clean-ups. A full break down of current SANCCOB lessons is available on request.

To book your SANCCOB experience, please  Alex@sanccob.co.za for Cape Town or Taryn@sanccob.co.za for Gqeberha.

To book for Cape Town download this Western Cape request form to come to SANCCOB and download this Western Cape request form for SANCCOB to come to you.

To book for Gqeberha download this Eastern Cape request form.

 Alternatively, call us on +27 21 557 6155 or +27 41 583 1830.

EDUCATIONAL TALKS AND LECTURES

We’ll bring our informative and entertaining talks to your school, library, church, retirement village or business premises, or visit our centres for an on-site group tour and presentation. Contact our Education Teams to enquire at Alex@sanccob.co.za (Cape Town) or Taryn@sanccob.co.za (Gqeberha). If you have specific aspects or outcomes in mind then be sure to let us know.

SKYPE LESSONS

SANCCOB’s Education Department in Cape Town offers 30-minute Skype sessions to learners across the globe, and includes a penguin adoption for the group. Each session entails an interactive lesson on African penguins, a variety of seabirds, marine conservation, and a virtual encounter with an African penguin in SANCCOB’s care.

Enquire at alex@sanccob.co.za to book or call +27 21 557 6155.

Clubs for Young People in Gqeberha – Eastern Cape

SANCCOB Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) in the Eastern Cape offers conservation-focused educational meet ups for young people, which includes a chance to assist with kid-friendly and supervised tasks around the centre.

  • The Little Blues Club (7–11 year olds) gathers on the second Saturday of every month from 09h00 to 12h00. Attendees receive a fun-filled lesson and participate in a related activity which could include beach clean-ups, assistance with small tasks in the Rehabilitation Department, nature walks artwork and loads more. The cost is R60 per child and includes a light lunch. Please contact taryn@sanccob.co.za for more information.
  • The Penguin Protectors Club (12-17 year olds) members meets on the fourth Saturday of each month from 09h00 to 12h00 to enjoy a fun lesson to stimulate environmental interests, assist with tasks at the facility, as well as participate in activities such as beach clean-ups and nature walks. The cost is R60 per session and a light lunch will be included. Connect with taryn@sanccob.co.za for more information and to join the Penguin Protectors Club.


Research Library

Useful research publications compiled by SANCCOB’s Research Department

Health assessments, blood parasites and diseases

Seabird Rehabilitation

African penguins in the wild

Other seabirds (and coastal birds) in southern Africa