It’s not all black and white for penguins - in fact, some rather colourful penguins have made their home...
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 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.
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, Lomond Wine Estate, 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. Do not miss the opportunity to meet the penguin.
Plot your penguin route, place yourself in the penguin picture and present the penguin proof. Quarterly incentive prizes are available for those who visit all eight penguins and share them to the social media space of Gansbaai Tourism’s Instagram with the hashtag #gansbaaipenguins.
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.
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.
Sponsor: Situated at the Great White Junction, the 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 tourism information centre. 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: Information Centre / Great White Junction
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Sponsor: Lomond is situated on the banks of a 100 hectares dam and the tasting room provides guests with unparalleled views of the farm, vineyards and valley. Lomond is the first South African Wine Farm to enter into a Conservation Servitude with Fauna and Flora International to ensure the long-term preservation of the critically endangered fynbos.
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Where: Lomond Wine Estate Tasting Room, next to the dam