What Makes The Overstrand Attractive?

The objective of the Overstrand Penguin Campaign is to raise awareness of the plight of the penguin while creating an interest in the Overstrand’s attractions by encouraging visitors to explore more and stay longer! Twelve giant penguins colourfully decorated by various local artists can be found at sponsored locations in Gansbaai, Stanford, Hermanus and Kleinmond and are waiting for you to visit them!

It’s not all black and white for penguins! Some rather colourful penguins have made their home in Gansbaai and other Overstrand towns. Follow the penguins and discover interesting places, taste delicious food and make new friends. Plot your penguin route, pose with a penguin and take a pic, then present the penguin proof and stand a chance to win great prizes.

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The Overstrand Penguin Campaign officially launched on Friday, 23 August 2019 at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary. It was a grand day when seven colourful penguins gathered to have their photos taken before they headed off to their respective homes. In December 2020, more colourful penguins joined the group.

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!
  • Experience the moments!
The African Penguin

The African Penguin

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, seals and sharks, oiling, marine pollution and a lack of fish. 

Dyer Island off the coast of Gansbaai and Stoney Point in Betty’s Bay are both home to penguin colonies.

Meet the Penguins

Meet the Penguins

Overstrand Penguin Campaign introduces:

Gansbaai

#1 - Phumla (African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary) 
#2 - Mitsi (Gansbaai Tourism Bureau) 
#3 - POCX (Xplorio)
#4 - Blue (Marine Dynamics)
#5 - Dee Liscious (Blue Goose Restaurant)
#6 - Gaia (Saxon Lodge)
#7 - Pearly Percy (Pearly Beach Community  (Fynbos Deck Deli & Restaurant, Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber’s Perlemoen Trail and Pearly Beach Shop)
#8 - Gans (Gansbaai Municipality)

Stanford

#9 - Sir Robert (Stanford Tourism Bureau)

Hermanus

#10 - Hermie (Hermanus Tourism Bureau)
#11 - Marley (La Pentola Restaurant)

Kleinmond

#12 - Peggy (Kleinmond Tourism Bureau)

Phumla - African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

Phumla - African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary 

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Penguin Name: Phumla (Xhosa origin, the name means Peace or Tranquillity)
Location: Find Phumla at African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary
Artist: Stephen Bibb 

More about Phumla

Phumla is the most voluptuous of all the penguins. Her theme represents the African penguin and because she was the inspiration for the Overberg Penguin Campaign, considers herself the mascot for this endangered species. 

Read about Phumla’s sponsor: African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary

Mitsi - Gansbaai Tourism Bureau

Mitsi - Gansbaai Tourism Bureau

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Penguin Name: Mitsi (Miss Tourism Information)
Location: Find Mitsi at Gansbaai Tourism Bureau, Great White Junction
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: Gansbaai Tourism Bureau
Artist: Art by Mich

More about Mitsi

Mitsi’s theme is “Toeka-Tot-Nou” (translated from Afrikaans it means from then until now). She will assist you with all you need to know about Gansbaai and the surrounding area. Visit her, you may be pleasantly surprised at what she has to tell you.

Read about Mitsi’s sponsor: Gansbaai Tourism Bureau

POCX - Xplorio

POCX - Xplorio

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Penguin Name: POCX
Location: Find POCX at Xplorio
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: Xplorio
Artists: Mishke Korkie, Nicole Cowley, River Thomas, Christopher Dammert, Candice Van Wyk, Elzanne Bosch, Monique Kleynhans, Jean-Pierre Nieuwoudt and Corine Behm.

More about POCX 

POCX is the abbreviation for “Power of Community'' which is the inspiration from where Xplorio was born. The Xplorio team styled POCX with a colourful coat depicting many of the businesses in-and-around Gansbaai.

Read about POCX’s sponsor: Xplorio

Blue - Marine Dynamics

Blue - Marine Dynamics

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Blue: Marine Dynamics
Penguin Name: Blue
Location: Find Blue at The Great White House
Town: Kleinbaai, Gansbaai
Sponsor: Marine Dynamics
Artist: Stephen Bibb

More about Blue

Blue believes that the ocean is the Blue Heart of Planet Earth and needs to be protected and cherished.

Read about Blue’s sponsor: Marine Dynamics and The Great White House

Dee Liscious - Blue Goose

Dee Liscious - Blue Goose

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Penguin Name: Dee Liscious
Location: Find Dee Liscious at Blue Goose Restaurant
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: Blue Goose Restaurant
Artist: Warren Stegman

More about Dee Liscious

Dee Liscious - dee-lightful - dee-vine and her theme, “It’s a kind of magic” says it all!

Read about Dee Liscious’s sponsor: Blue Goose Restaurant

Gaia - Saxon Lodge

Gaia - Saxon Lodge

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Penguin Name: Gaia
Location: Find Gaia at Saxon Lodge
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: Saxon Lodge
Artist: Saxon Lodge

More about Gaia

Gaia is a wise bird whose theme is, “4,543 Billion years Old and Counting!”

Read about Gaia’s sponsor: Saxon Lodge

Pearly Percy - Pearly Beach Community

Pearly Percy - Pearly Beach Community

Penguin Name: Pearly Percy
Location: Find Pearly Percy waddling between his sponsors (monthly rotation) 
Town: Pearly Beach 
Sponsor: Pearly Beach Community  (Fynbos Deck Deli & Restaurant, Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber’s Perlemoen Trail and Pearly Beach Shop)
Artist: Jason Stonehewer

More about Pearly Percy

Pearly Percy is a peoples penguin and loves the social scene. So much so that he often needs to spread his little flippers, and waddle from place to place in Pearly Beach to hang out with new friends and old!

Read about: Fynbos Deck Deli & Restaurant, Gansbaai & Pearly Beach Horse Trails, Beachcomber's Perlemoen Trail and Pearly Beach Shop

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Gans - Gansbaai Municipality

Gans - Gansbaai Municipality

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Penguin Name: Gans
Location: Gansbaai Municipality
Town: Gansbaai
Sponsor: Gansbaai Municipality
Artist: Dries van Heerden

More about Gans

Gans makes Gansbaai lekker and depicts Gansbaai’s fishing harbour as well as the Marine Big 5 and the Klipgat Caves with pride.

Read about: Gansbaai Municipality

Sir Robert - Stanford Tourism Bureau

Sir Robert - Stanford Tourism Bureau

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Penguin Name: Sir Robert
Location: Stanford Tourism Bureau
Town: Stanford
Sponsor: Stanford Tourism Bureau
Artist: Antoinette Coetzee

More about Sir Robert

Sir Robert is named after the founder of Stanford, Sir Robert Stanford, and has a coat that depicts the Klein River, fields of fynbos and the historic church.

Read about: Stanford Tourism Bureau

Hermie - Hermanus Tourism Bureau

Hermie - Hermanus Tourism Bureau

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Penguin Name: Hermie
Location: Hermanus Tourism Bureau
Town: Hermaus
Sponsor: Hermanus Tourism Bureau
Artist: Timothy Clarence Braaf

More about Hermie

Hermie is waiting to pose with a selfie with You!

Read about: Hermanus Tourism Bureau

Marley - La Pentola Restaurant

Marley - La Pentola Restaurant

Penguin Name: Marley
Location: La Pentola Restaurant
Town: Hermanus
Sponsor: Shane Savage, La Pentola
Artist: Unknown

More about Marley

Marley is waiting to pose for a selfie with You!

Read about: La Pentola Restaurant

Peggy - Kleinmond Tourism

Peggy - Kleinmond Tourism

Penguin Name: Peggy
Location: Kleinmond Tourism Bureau
Town: Kleinmond
Sponsor: Kleinmond Tourism Bureau
Artist: Antoinette Coetzee

More about Peggy

Peggy “looks just like a Peggy!”

Read about: Kleinmond Tourism Bureau

Penguin Passport

Penguin Passport

Support the Overberg Penguin Campain by collecting your free passport at your local tourism information and visitors centre.

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How your Penguin Passport Works

  1. Take a selfie with the penguin you visit
  2. Post the photo on social media
  3. Take your photo to your nearest tourism centre 
  4. Collect a stamp for each penguin visited
  5. Stick the stamp into your passport
  6. Once your passport is full post a photo of it on Instagram and tag @penguinpassport
  7. Hold thumbs, you might just win a prize

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