A Summer Holiday with Penguins


Holiday goers are in for some feathered fun as SANCCOB (the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) Eastern Cape is hosting their inaugural ‘Penguin Holiday Festival’ from 20-29 December 2014 in the Greater St Francis area.

The 10-day festival will include events and activities for the whole family: a classy SANCCOB cheese-and-wine pairing and benefit auction, the annual SANCCOB Penguin golf day, shows by Chris Chameleon and Wendy Oldfield, a black-and-white penguin party, a guided ‘Walk along the Wild Side’, a kids penguin holiday programme and private tours at the SANCCOB seabird rehabilitation centre next to the Seal Point lighthouse. 

Last year SANCCOB’s centre, situated next to the iconic Seal Point Lighthouse, received large numbers of visitors during the December holiday. With more than 150 visitors each day, over the Christmas period, we had to offer our guided private tours over three slots daily.  This year we’re offering holiday-makers even more opportunities to have a penguin experience”, said Louanne Mostert, Development and Marketing Coordinator at SANCCOB Eastern Cape.

The Penguin Festival will kick off with a public penguin release of African penguins rehabilitated at SANCCOB, coupled with the opportunity to ADOPT the penguins being released.  Throughout the festival young and old holiday-makers will be reminded about the plight of the African penguin and the threats facing other seabirds and the ocean and what they can do to help – as is the goal of the festival.

We would like to invite everyone to take part in the events we will be hosting over the course of the ten days.  Not only will young and old be entertained, but everyone will enjoy the opportunity to learn more about the charismatic African penguin and to directly support SANCCOB and the world-renowned work we do 365-days of the year.  Come join SANCCOB and festival partners for a first of its kind Penguin Christmas.”

The SANCCOB Penguin Holiday Festival programme breakdown:

Sat, 20 Dec          Public Penguin Release, Seal Point Lighthouse, CSF, 10h30
All members of the public are invited to join SANCCOB for the release of rehabilitated penguins.  By adopting one of the penguins, the adoptees themselves get to release the penguins back into the wild.

Sun, 21 Dec         Guided ‘Walk along the Wild Side’, Sunset Rocks Parking Terrain, CSF, 10h00
A 45-minute guided walk on the ‘Wild Side’ to the SANCCOB Centre, in Cape St Francis, for those wanting to learn more about the picturesque hometown of SANCCOB Eastern Cape

Mon, 22 Dec       Cheese-and-Wine Pairing and SANCCOB Benefit Auction, St Francis Bay Golf Club, SFB, 18h30
A classy event with Graham Beck Wines, Steenberg Vineyards and locally known Nana’s Homemade Cheeses, paired with an benefit auction for SANCCOB.

Tue, 23 Dec         Black-and-White Penguin Party, Shenanigans @ Legends, SFB, 20h00
Dress up in black and white and come waddle with others to some good music and fun.

Fri, 26 Dec           SANCCOB Penguin Golf Day, St Francis Bay Golf Course, SFB, tee-off at 07h00 and 13h00
Sign up for the annual SANCCOB Better-Ball Stableford Competition, with great prizes to be won.

Sat, 27 Dec          Repeat of guided ‘Walk along the Wild Side’, Sunset Rocks Parking Terrain, CSF, 10h00

Sun, 28 Dec         Wendy Oldfield performing live, Caffé Bijoux, SFB canals, 18h30
Enjoy a three-course fine dining experience at Caffé Bijoux to the sounds of Wendy Oldfield.

Mon, 29 Dec       Chris Chameleon performing live, Cape ST Francis Resort, CSF, 20h00
With his eccentric and artistic tunes, Chris Chameleon will capture the audience at his live SANCCOB benefit show

SANCCOB centre private tours will run daily at 09h00, 12h00 and 15h00, including Christmas Day.  The Kids Penguin Holiday Programme will be hosted at the SANCCOB centre, Monday to Wednesday, 22 – 24 December.  Penguins will be up for adoption daily.

To read more about the SANCCOB Penguin Holiday Festival and to book your seat at one of their benefit events, visit the SANCCOB website, www.sanccob.co.za, or contact Louanne Mostert at [email protected] or 083 874 3067.

SANCCOB is an internationally recognized leader in oiled wildlife response, rehabilitation and chick-rearing; contributes to research which benefits seabirds; trains people to care for the birds and educates the public to develop behavioural patterns which benefit marine life and the environment it depends on.