Learn by Visiting Our SANCCOB Seabird Rehabilitation Centres

SANCCOB’s Table View 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:

  • No more than 10 people per family group
  • Booking is essential and walk-ins for tours are only permitted if tour slots are not booked
  • Our on-site shops are open from 8am to 4pm and you can also visit our online shop here.



  • The Cape Town centre in Table View offers daily tours on the hour, every hour, starting from 09h00 and the last tour commencing at 15h00 (max. 10 persons).
  • Home Pen feeds take place at 11h00 and 15h00 daily if it interests you to watch as part of your tour experience.
  • Booking is essential as only one group may occupy a time slot, thus walk-ins may only receive a tour if the timeslot is available.
  • Please book via email to education@sanccob.co.za or call +27 21 557 6155.

Tour costs in Cape Town

  • Adults RSA citizens: R60 (ID/passport verification required)
  • Adults SADC citizens: R65 (ID/passport verification required)
  • Adults International: R75 (ID/passport verification required)
  • Senior Citizens: R40
  • Kids 12 years and under: R50
  • Kids under 3 years old are free!

SANCCOB Gqeberha (previously Port Elizabeth)

  • Based at the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, our Gqeberha centre’s tours are every 30 minutes, starting at 09h00 and last tour commencing at 15h30.
  • Home Pen feeds take place from 09h30 and in the afternoon from 14h30 daily.
  • Booking is not compulsory.
  • Please book via email to sim@sanccob.co.za or call +27 41 583 1830.

Tour costs in Gqeberha

  • Adults RSA citizens: R50 (ID/passport verification required)
  • Adults SADC citizens: R60 (ID/passport verification required)
  • Adults International: R75 (ID/passport verification required)
  • All senior citizens and children under 12 years: R30

Tour options

  • Tour options at Cape Town centre only:
    • 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 R550 per person.

    *Please note that booking is essential.

      • This tour must be booked at least one month in advance.
      • No more than four persons per group and age restriction is 16 years.
      • This tour is only available on week days and may not be booked over a weekend.
      • Bookings are only finalised when paid in full and a complete, signed booking form is received. Download booking form here.
    • Tours are every hour on the hour starting at 09h00 and last commencing at 15h00.
    • Bookings in Table View, 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.

The Little Blues Club (6–11 year olds)

The Little Blues Club (6–11 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 R65 per child and includes a light lunch. Please contact Simbonile at sim@sanccob.co.za for more information.

The Penguin Protectors Club (12-17 year olds)

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 R65 per session and a light lunch will be included.
Connect with sim@sanccob.co.za for more information and to join the Penguin Protectors Club.

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