Have some penguin-fun this holiday

2015-12-17 06:00

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 second Penguin Holiday Festival from December 20 to 29.

The 10-day festival includes events and activities for the whole family such as the Penguin Charity Golf Day, two public penguin releases, shows by renowned Koos Kombuis, Wendy Oldfield and Gerald Clark and band, a Penguin Open Air Cinema, full-moon beach walk, beach smash-ball tournament, a kids holiday programme, penguin art exhibition fundraiser in the iconic Seal Point Lighthouse, and private tours at the SANCCOB seabird Rehabilitation centre next to the lighthouse.

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 will be reminded about the threats facing penguins and other seabirds and the ocean and what they can do to help.


December 20

Event: Public Release of Rehabilitated African penguins

Time: 10:00

Where: Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis

Fee: Entry is free, donations welcome

December 22

Event: Seals Beach Tennis Tournament (Smash Ball)

Time: 14:00 - 17:00 (registration from 13:00)

Where: Cape St Francis Main Beach

Fee: R20 per person

December 23

Event: ‘Beacon of Hope’ Art Exhibition by Luan Cloete

Launch of the ‘Beacon of Hope’ 2016 Calendar

Time: 15:30 to 18:00

Where: Inside the Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis

Fee: Free entry, all donations welcome (refreshments will be provided)

Event: Kids Art Session

Time: 14:00

Where: Inside the Seal Point Lighthouse

December 24

Event: Penguin Open Air Cinema

Time: 19:30 for 20:00

Where: Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis

Fee: R50 for adults, R20 for scholars

December 26

Event: 3rd Penguin Golf Day, Stableford Betterball Competition

Time: All day, first tee-off at 07:00 (Prize-giving at 18:30)

Where: The ‘Old Course’, St Francis Bay Golf Club

Fee: R260 per person

Event: Full Moon Beach Walk

Time: 20:00, registration from 19:00

Where: Walk from Cape St Francis Beach (parking lot), Cape St Francis

Fee: Entry free, all donations welcome

December 27

Event: Public Release of Rehabilitated African penguins

Time: 10:00

Where: Seal Point Lighthouse, Cape St Francis

Fee: Entry is free, all donations welcome

Event: Koos Kombuis Live

Time: 19:30 for 20:00

Where: Cape St Francis Resort, Cape St Francis

Fee: Tickets at R130 per person

December 28

Event: Wendy Oldfield Live (with Lionel Bastos)

Time: 19:30

Where: Mauro’s, Port St Francis

Fee: Tickets at R350 per person, including a 3-course meal

December 29

Event: Gerald Clark & Band

Time: 20:30 for 21:00 (show starts at 21h00)

Where: Stix Grill and Bar, Cape St Francis

Fee: Tickets at R120 per person, including a welcoming shooter (‘the guano’) and a mini-pizza of your choice

SANCCOB centre private tours will run daily at 09:00, 12:00 and 15:30, including Christmas Day. The Kids Penguin Holiday Programme will be hosted at the SANCCOB centre, Saturday to Wednesday, January 2 - 6, 2016.

Visit the SANCCOB website at www.sanccob.co.za, or contact Louanne Mostert at louanne@sanccob.co.za or 083 874 3067.

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