ANCCOB’s Cape Town and Port Elizabeth 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.


  • Tours are every hour on the hour starting at 09h00 and last commencing at 15h00.
  • Bookings in Cape Town are preferred to avoid disappointment. Walk-ins are nonetheless welcome but please be patient if you need to wait for a new tour group.

Tour costs

  • Adults at R60; Kids 12 years and under at R50; Senior Citizens at R40

Tour options

  • 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 specialized 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. This tour includes an encounter with an ambassador penguin and viewing of an autopsy or surgical procedure, for a maximum group of three people from 16 years of age. Duration is approximately 2.5 hours and priced at R500 per person.
    *Please note that booking is essential


Tour details

  • Based at the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, our Port Elizabeth centre offers self-guided tours and encourages visitors to watch the feeding of Home Pen birds at 09h00 and 14h45 daily. Please call 041 583 1830 for more information.

Tour costs

  • Adults at R45; Senior Citizens and Kids 12 years and under at R30


Environmental education experiences 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, encounters with our ambassador birds, bird watching and beach clean-ups. A full break down of currently available SANCCOB lessons is available on request.

To book your SANCCOB experience, please download the relevant application form and send the completed document to Alex@sanccob.co.za or education1@sanccob.co.za.

Download form here to visit SANCCOB or Download form here to invite us to visit you.

Alternatively, call us on +27 21 557 6155.


We’ll bring our informative and entertaining talks to your school, library, church, retirement village or business premises, or visit our centre for an on-site group tour and presentation. Contact our Education Team on +27 21 557 6155 or email Alex@sanccob.co.za or education1@sanccob.co.za. If you have specific aspects or outcomes in mind then be sure to let us know.


SANCCOB’s Education Department 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, seabirds, and marine conservation, as well as a virtual encounter with an African Penguin in SANCCOB’s care.

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



Experience a penguin party with a difference. Host your birthday party at SANCCOB in Port Elizabeth – or have us come out to you.

Call our PE centre on 041 583 1830 or email philipa@sanccob.co.za  for attention of PE centre.

Research Library

Useful research publications compiled by SANCCOB’s Research Department

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Seabird Rehabilitation

African penguins in the wild

Other seabirds (and coastal birds) in southern Africa