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South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre

Features Animals
Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
+27 41 583 1830
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Nothing like a penguin

Fantastic visit today and an excellent project, very happy to pay the entrance fee to contribute... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
Margo W
via mobile

Enjoyed the visit and very educational would recommend to animal lovers and people with children... read more

Reviewed 20 September 2017
A TripAdvisor Member
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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 20 October 2017 via mobile

Fantastic visit today and an excellent project, very happy to pay the entrance fee to contribute. Although the coffee shop was closed we still had a lovely time watching the long term penguins and gannets in the outdoor enclosures, then had the opertunity to watch...More

Thank Margo W
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the visit and very educational would recommend to animal lovers and people with children. Volunteers are friendly and passionate

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Reviewed 29 July 2017

This is a short destination. Place feels remote, even though just out of PE. Chain security to get in so Lord knows what else is on site. Lovely little explanatory display, albeit perhaps too many stuffed birds for the modern taste. Rehab penguins just gorgeous....More

Thank Tim C
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Samrec is on Cape Recife. Visitors to Samrec do not have to pay for the gate permit, and the visit itself is inexpensive (R40) and also forms one of the activities of the NMB pass. The folks at SAMREC are knowledgeable and caring, and it's...More

Thank R5581XBjenniferw
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

We really loved to see the penguins but more than that the passionate guide who walked us around. It is impressive the work they do with little infrastructure.

Thank Alexandra P
Reviewed 23 May 2017

WE took our niece to visit SAMREC. It was our first visit as well. What an expierence and the tour through the rehabilitation centre with the tour guide was so interesting.

Thank Leonie F
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Very informative talk by passionate people. Also displays very informative. Tanks have penguins of all sizes and some in rehab mode.

Thank Abdool M
Reviewed 5 May 2017

It was worth going to see and they need the support looks like the place isnt getting enough money but their hearts are in the right place

Thank Gary S
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We took the kids here to see the Penguins! It was very informative and humbling to see what they have done for these animals. It was much shorter / smaller than we expected but kids loved it and we had a great time. It's also...More

1  Thank burmateak
Reviewed 20 March 2017

If you are nearby come and visit. It´s a hospital for pingvines. No tours etc. We spend 30 min here. Good to see that the pingvins are look after very well. Lovley beach to walk along afterwards.

Thank Nellienos
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16 November 2017|
Response from Margo W | Reviewed this property |
hello I certainly would recommend it. they have an educational room set out specifically for children were they xan touch the displays. its not a big site so easy for little ones to walk about. enjoy it
11 July 2015|
Response from Carolina M |
They don't have shows, the animals are just there.