What Makes Gansbaai Attractive?

It’s not all black and white for penguins - in fact, some rather colourful penguins have made their home in Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa. Follow the penguins, discover the places, taste the food, and experience the moments, that the greater Gansbaai area has to offer. Plot your penguin route, place yourself in the penguin picture, present the penguin proof and stand a chance to win great prizes.

The objective of Gansbaai’s Penguin Campaign is to create an interest in Gansbaai's attractions by encouraging visitors to explore more and stay longer and to create awareness of the plight of the penguin. Seven colourful giant penguins decorated by artists are placed and can be found at sponsored locations throughout the Greater Gansbaai area.

The campaign officially launched on Friday, 23 August 2019 at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, where seven colourful penguins gathered to have their photos taken before heading off to their respective ‘homes’.

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Gansbaai Penguin Campaign

Gansbaai Penguin Campaign

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, aimed at conserving this endangered species was the inspiration for the campaign. The objective is simple: Follow the penguins, discover the places, taste the food, and experience the moments, that the greater Gansbaai area has to offer. Gansbaai area is well known as the Natural Adventure Destination and is renowned for the Marine Big Five, blissful beaches, fynbos, fabulous food and fine wine, and much more. The penguins are sure to delight young and old and hopefully, the real ones will enthral.

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The penguins have been sponsored by various businesses and can be found at these respective locations: The African Penguin and Seabird SanctuaryGansbaai TourismMarine DynamicsBlue Goose RestaurantXplorioSaxon Lodge and Pearly Beach. Each penguin has been decorated by an artist/s with a focus on all that Gansbaai has to offer. Do not miss the opportunity to meet these charming penguins

Plot your penguin route, place yourself in the penguin picture, post all seven photos in one post on Instagram or Facebook, tag Gansbaai Tourism and the venues, use the hastag’s #GansbaaiPenguins, #CapeWhaleCoast and #Gansbaai(penguin name) and stand a chance to win fabulous prizes.

Enter & Win!

Enter & Win!

As a big thank you for visiting the greater Gansbaai area, Gansbaai Tourism and African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary are offering you the chance to WIN a Marine Big 5 Tour with Dyer Island Cruises for four people! 

How to enter: 

Step 1: Visit all 7 locations / venues

Step 2: Take a selfie with all of the colourful and eccentric penguins dotted around the greater Gansbaai area.

Step 3: Post all 7 photos in one post on your Instagram and facebook, tagging Gansbaai Tourism, the locations / venues with the following hashtags:

  • #GansbaaiPenguins
  • #CapeWhaleCoast
  • #Gansbaai(penguin name) eg. #GansbaaiMisti, #GansbaaiBlue, #GansbaaiPocx, etc.

Hurry hurry as the first competition closes 14 December and the lucky winner will be drawn on 17 December at the Gansbaai Evening Farmers Market (behind the library) at 19h00. 

Gansbaai Penguins Social Media Competition Terms and Conditions:

  • The promoter is: Gansbaai Tourism whose registered office is at Great White Junction, Gansbaai.
  • The competition is open to residents of and visitors to South Africa. All ages welcome to participate, but photos to be posted by adults 18 years or over. Employees of Gansbaai Tourism and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition are excluded.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • Details of how to enter are via as indicated above.
  • This competition will be hosted on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Multiple entries from the same person will be allowed.
  • Closing date for entry will be 14 December 2019. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  • No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

The rules of the competition and how to enter are as follows:

  • One must visit all 7 locations / venues.
  • Take a selfie with each of the 7 penguins.
  • Post all 7 photos on one post.
  • Tag Gansbaai Tourism and the different locations / venues eg. Blue Goose, Saxon Lodge etc.
  • Use these 3 hastags: #GansbaaiPenguins, #CapeWhaleCoast #Gansbaai(Penguin Name) eg. #GansbaaiMisti, #GansbaaiBlue, #GansbaaiPearlyPercy
  • The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be advertised as soon as possible.
  • The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  • The prize is as follows: Marine Big 5 Tour for 4 guests with Dyer Island Cruises.
  • The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Winners will be chosen:

  • At random by hand, from all entries received adhering to the T’s & C’s and verified by Promoter and or its agents.
  • The winner will officially be announced on 17 December 2019 at the Gansbaai Evening Farmers Market. The winner will also be notified by public social post and a DM via Facebook or Instagram within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.
  • The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  • The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by South African law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of South African.
  • The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  • The winner’s name will be available for 28 days after closing date by emailing the following address: glenda@gansbaaitourism.co.za
  • Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Gansbaai Tourism and not to any other party.
African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - Phumla

African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - Phumla

Sponsor: The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary (APSS) is a world-class rehabilitation centre in Gansbaai, with a fully equipped lab, a veterinary nurse and a dedicated team, seabirds can be treated immediately thereby increasing their survival rate.

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Theme of Artwork: This rather large, in fact, the largest of all the penguins was the first to descend in Gansbaai and inspired the campaign. She represents the real African penguin, and in fact, considers herself the mascot for this endangered species. The African Penguin is an endemic species to South Africa and Namibia - with an estimated 15 000 breeding pairs left, the species has been on the endangered list since 2010. Historical factors of guano scraping for agricultural fertilizer destroyed their breeding habitat leading to predation during the crucial fledgeling stage. Coupled with an estimated 13 million-plus eggs that were harvested and considered a delicacy, this caused the initial crash in numbers. Now they face issues of predation by gulls, seal and sharks, oiling, marine pollution, and a lack of fish with overfishing in their crucial hunting grounds. Dyer Island off the coast of Gansbaai is home to a colony of African penguins and the APSS hopes to rebuild this population.

Artist: Stephen Bibb originally painted this penguin and the one sponsored by Marine Dynamics. A Jeffreys Bay resident, he is passionate about the ocean and the mountains. The APSS team gave the penguin his characteristic African penguin look.

Name of penguin: Phumla - of Xhosa origin, the name means Peace or Tranquillity, and this is what we wish for the African penguin.

Where: The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary is open daily from 9 am to 4 pm. Free entrance with a coffee and curio shop on site that supports the funding model, visitors are always welcome. Observe the feeding time at 3 pm and have your photo taken with our pretty penguin.

Gansbaai Tourism Information Centre - Misti

Gansbaai Tourism Information Centre - Misti

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Sponsor: Situated at the Great White Junction, the Gansbaai Visitor Information Centre will advise you on your stay while providing you with information relating to the history of the area and iconic tourist sites. Gansbaai is part of the Cape Whale Coast.

Theme of Artwork: Misti is stationed at the Gansbaai Visitors Information Centre and with her theme “Toeka Tot Nou” she will assist you with all you need to know about Gansbaai and surrounds. Come and meet her and you may be surprised at what she has to tell you.

Artist: Art by Mich

Name of penguin: Misti (Miss Tourism Information)

Where: Gansbaai Visitors Information Centre / Great White Junction

Marine Dynamics - Blue

Marine Dynamics - Blue

Sponsor: Award-winning Marine Dynamics Tours provides an educational and exhilarating shark cage diving experience with an onboard marine biologist. Fair Trade Tourism certified, through their project, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, they are making a real difference for conservation and community.

Theme: Marine Big 5: The greater Dyer Island area and the surrounding ocean is a critically important eco-system and home to the Marine Big 5. The 20 hectares Dyer Island is home to breeding colonies of the endangered African Penguin and fifteen other seabird species. Its importance is recognised by Birdlife International and classified an Important Bird Area (IBA). About 60 000 Cape Fur Seals are resident on Geyser Rock opposite the island and they attract the densest population of Great White Sharks in the world in the famous Shark Alley. The many sheltered areas of the bay provide the breeding ground for the Southern Right Whales that migrate here from the sub - Antarctic islands between June to December each year. The area is also visited by Bryde’s and Humpback Whales as well as various dolphin species - bottlenose, common and humpback.

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Artist: Stephen Bibb resides in the surfing town of Jeffrey’s Bay. He is passionate about the ocean and this theme runs through much of his work. He loves the forest just as much as the watery realms and in his own words, “my art will blend the power of the waves with the magic of the mountains.”

Name of penguin: Blue - The Ocean is the Blue Heart of the planet and needs to be protected.

Where: Blue is situated at The Great White House, a restaurant in Kleinbaai, and the base of Marine Dynamics and their sister company Dyer Island Cruises. The restaurant is open 8 to late, and besides a full a la carte menu and bar, is just as popular for coffee and cake.

Blue Goose - Dee Liscious

Blue Goose - Dee Liscious

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Sponsor: Set in the ancestral home of the owner and chef, the Blue Goose provides an upscale casual dining experience that will constantly strive to exceed expectations. The restaurant’s simple, yet elegant cuisine features the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The menu features old classics from the ocean, all-rounders from the grill and the chef’s specialities. The wine list features a considerable “by the glass” offering. The 80 seat dining area, caters for that special event, function or just “an evening out” experience.

Theme of Artwork: It’s a kind of Magic

Artist: Warren Stegman

Name of penguin: Dee Liscious

Where: Blue Goose Restaurant

Xplorio - POCX

Xplorio - POCX

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Sponsor: Xplorio is a dynamic town website platform that offers current, comprehensive and authentic town related information by empowering all local establishments to represent and directly market themselves on their town website.    

Theme of Artwork: We at Xplorio believe in “The Power of Community” and that is what we wanted our penguin to represent. Our penguin is decorated with all the businesses in Gansbaai, representing the Gansbaai community as well as what we at Xplorio stand for.  

Artist(s): Candice Van Wyk, Elzanne Bosch, Monique Kleynhans, Mishke Korkie, River Thomas, Nicole Cowley, Jean-Pierre Nieuwoudt, Christopher Dammert and Corine Behm

Name of penguin: POCX - the penguin. (P)ower (O)f (C)ommunity - (X)plorio

Where: It will be placed in front of the Xplorio office - across from the Gansbaai Harbour. The address is 10 Voortrekker, Gansbaai.

Saxon Lodge - Gaia

Saxon Lodge - Gaia

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Sponsor: Saxon Lodge is a 4 star accredited bed & breakfast accommodation in Gansbaai, located in town, overlooking the industrious harbour and ocean. Easy on foot access to all restaurants, pubs, shops and banks and boasting some of the most stunning views over Walker Bay toward Hermanus and the Hottentot Hollands mountains.

Theme of Artwork: 4.543 Billion years Old and Counting 

Artist: Saxon Lodge

Name of penguin: Gaia

Where: Saxon Lodge

Pearly Beach - Pearly Percy

Pearly Beach - Pearly Percy

Sponsor: Just a little out of the main town of Gansbaai, Pearly Beach offers nature at its finest with plenty of birdlife, whale watching opportunities as well as its own Fynbos garden and herbarium. Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber Tours, Pearly Beach Shop, and Fynbos Deck Restaurant all joined together to support the penguin campaign.

Theme of Artwork: Pearly Percy Penguin's personality is proud, and partial to perfect positioning!  So much so, that upon receiving his "colours", he very quickly made a dash for freedom, with a possible attempt to join his fellow brothers and sisters on Dyer Island. We, his adoptive parents, realised that he has a very special personality of his own, and needs to spread his little flippers, and waddle from place to place in Pearly Beach to show off his spiffing new paint-work to a greater audience. Join this fantastic Penguin Passport initiative, and commit to the challenge of finding his whereabouts in our lovely coastal hamlet of Pearly Beach, at the same time discovering the delights our beautiful town has to offer.

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Artist: Jason Stonehewer

Name of penguin: Pearly Percy

Where: Our penguin will move between sponsor's venues, to easy to find, accessible sites on a monthly rotation, in Pearly Beach.  Venues to include Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber hut, Pearly Beach Shop and Fynbos Deck Restaurant.

Media Release

Media Release

TITLE: GANSBAAI’S PENGUIN CAMPAIGN

DATE: 23 August 2019

FOR RELEASE 23 August 2019

It’s not all black and white for penguins - in fact, some rather colourful penguins have made their home in Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa.

The objective of Gansbaai’s Penguin Campaign is to create an interest in Gansbaai's attractions by encouraging visitors to explore more and stay longer. Seven colourful giant penguins decorated by artists will be placed at sponsored locations throughout Gansbaai.

The campaign officially launched on the Friday, the 23rd of August 2019 at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, where seven colourful penguins gathered to have their photos taken before heading off to their respective ‘homes’.

The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, a project of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, has become a key place to visit in Gansbaai and was the inspiration for the campaign. The African Penguin is an endemic species to South Africa and Namibia – with an estimated 15000 breeding pairs left in South Africa, the species has been on the endangered list since 2010. Historical factors of guano scraping for agricultural fertilizer destroyed their breeding habitat leading to predation during the crucial fledgling stage. Coupled with an estimated 13million plus eggs that were harvested and considered a delicacy, this caused the initial crash in numbers. Now they face issues of predation by gulls, seal and sharks; oiling; marine pollution; and a lack of fish with overfishing in their crucial hunting grounds. Dyer Island off the coast of Gansbaai is home to a colony of African penguins and the APSS hopes to rebuild this population.

Glenda Kitley, manager of Gansbaai Tourism, had this to say, “The objective is simple: Follow the penguins, discover the places, taste the food, and experience the moments, that the greater Gansbaai area has to offer. Gansbaai area is known as the Natural Adventure Destination and is renowned for the Marine Big Five, blissful beaches, fynbos, fabulous food, fine wine, and much more. Plot your penguin route, place yourself in the penguin picture and present the penguin proof. The penguins are sure to delight young and old and hopefully the real ones will enthral.”

The penguins have been sponsored by various businesses and can be found at these respective locations: The African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, Gansbaai Tourism, Marine Dynamics, Blue Goose Restaurant, Xplorio, Saxon Lodge and Pearly Beach. Each penguin has been decorated by an artist/s with a focus on all that Gansbaai has to offer. All penguin stories can be found on Xplorio Gansbaai. Quarterly incentive prizes are available for those who visit all seven penguins and share them in one post on Instagram  and Facebook tagging Gansbaai Tourism and the venues with the hashtag’s #GansbaaiPenguins #CapeWhaleCoast and #Gansbaai(penguin name).

Issued by: Gansbaai Tourism / Dyer Island Conservation Trust Editorial enquiries: Glenda Kitley (Phone: 072 291 5564; email: glenda@gansbaaitourism.co.za or Brenda du Toit (Phone: 076 061 3114; email: pa@marinedynamicstravel.com)

Additional information - Sponsors

African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary - The APSS is a world class rehabilitation centre in Gansbaai, with a fully equipped lab, a veterinary nurse and a dedicated team, seabirds can be treated immediately thereby increasing their survival rate. 

Gansbaai Visitors Information Centre

Gansbaai Visitors Information Centre – Situated at the Great White Junction, the visitors information centre will advise you on your stay while providing you with info relating to the history of the area and iconic tourist sites. Gansbaai is part of the Cape Whale Coast.

Marine Dynamics Tours

Marine Dynamics Tours - Award winning Marine Dynamics Tours provides an educational and exhilarating shark cage diving experience with an onboard marine biologist. Fair Trade Tourism certified, through their project, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, they are making a real difference for conservation and community.

Saxon Lodge

Saxon Lodge – Saxon Lodge is a 4 star accredited bed & breakfast accommodation in Gansbaai, located in town, overlooking the industrious harbour and ocean. Easy on foot access to all restaurants, pubs, shops and banks and boasting some of the most stunning views over Walker Bay toward Hermanus and the Hottentot Hollands mountains. 

Blue Goose

Blue Goose – Set in the ancestral home of the owner and chef, the Blue Goose provides an upscale casual dining experience that will constantly strive to exceed expectations. The restaurant’s simple, yet elegant cuisine features the natural beauty of local, sustainable and seasonal ingredients. The menu features old classics from the ocean, all-rounders from the grill and the chef’s specialties. The wine list features a considerable “by the glass” offering. The 80 seat dining area, caters for that special event, function or just “an evening out” experience. 

Pearly Beach

Pearly Beach – Just a little out of the main town of Gansbaai, Pearly Beach offers nature at its finest with plenty of birdlife, whale watching opportunities as well as its own Fynbos garden and herbarium. Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber Tours, Pearly Beach Shop, and Fynbos Deck Restaurant all joined together to support the penguin campaign.

Xplorio

Xplorio - A dynamic town website platform that offers current, comprehensive and authentic town related information by empowering all local establishments to represent and directly market themselves on their town website.” We at Xplorio believe in “The Power of Community”

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