Simon’s Town gets ready for Penguin Festival

The annual Penguin Festival in Simon’s Town kicks off on Saturday 8 October with the beach release of a group of African penguins back into the wild.

Penguin Release

Penguin Release

African Penguin Awareness Day, Saturday, 8 October @ 10h00.

The release of a group of wild African penguins rehabilitated at SANCCOB, back into the wild, marks the opening of the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival.  Come down to Seaforth Beach, Simon’s Town, to witness this moving event. Children and adults can also meet SANCCOB’s ambassador penguin.

African Penguin Awareness Day is a special day, celebrated all over the world, and is dedicated to this charismatic species. This year SANCCOB has created a lesson plan to commemorate the big day, which is available to all educators, groups, zoos and aquariums via email to or calling 021 557 6155.

Festival Fun, Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 October
The festival promises a range of entertainment for the whole family – from educational workshops and activities, to food stalls, games and shows. Shows include a Penguin and Snake show and will take place at the Boulders Beach parking area at various times throughout the weekend.

Festival Finale, SANCCOB annual gala auction, Saturday, 8 October @ 17h00

Theme: LOOKING BACK TO THE FUTURE – benefitting people, penguins and our planet

Gala Dinner and Auction

Gala Dinner and Auction

In a grand finale to the weekend’s festivities, the annual Gala Auction takes place on Saturday the 8th at Blue Horizon, Redhill Road. Glamorous conservator-couple, Michelle and Riaan Garforth-Venter, will take guests through an evening of fine dining and worthwhile fundraising.

As official fundraisers of the Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project, SANCCOB is sharing funds raised on the evening towards the upliftment of this unprotected area close to the Boulders Beach colony where African penguins are at risk, thereby benefitting people, penguins and our planet.

Tickets cost R395 per person. For bookings or more information, contact Margaret Roestorf on 021 557 6155

Save the Penguins

Save the Penguins

For further information about the Penguin Festival, email or call 021 557 6155. To download the programme, visit

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