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Penguin Walk with a Conservationist

Cape Town, South AfricaPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Jon

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Waddle into the fascinating world of our most endangered bird, off the beaten track and away from the tourist traps. Over the space of an easy, 2 hour-walk across beach, tarred road and wooded boardwalk, we will go "behind the scenes" and into secret spaces only the penguins know as we discover these amazing birds at all different stages of their lifecycle. From counting newly-laid eggs (January - March) to encountering sprightly new-born chicks (March to July) to seeing the adults in their annual moult (September to November), or just to enjoy the sight of penguins being penguins, you will learn how to tell a "she" from a "he", how to tell their age and also participate in real-time research by helping to collect data about the birds we encounter. We will meet a supporting cast of coastal creatures; myriad other bird species, insects, plants, reptiles and mammals. Our journey ends back at our conservation NGO headquarters.

100% of your fee for this transformative experience goes back to helping to save the penguins. Support ethical, responsible, sustainable tourism! <(")
Other things to note
If I am not available, your guide will be another penguin expert (Terry or Becca). Bring sunblock + a sunhat + sunglasses. Selfie-sticks are not permitted. The walk is generally doable in all weather
Waddle into the fascinating world of our most endangered bird, off the beaten track and away from the tourist traps. Over the space of an easy, 2 hour-walk across beach, tarred road and wooded boardwalk, we will go "behind the scenes" and into secret spaces only the penguins know as we discover these amazing birds at all different stages of their lifecycle. From counting newly-laid eggs (January - March) to encountering sprightly new-born chicks…

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Meet your host, Jon

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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I am a life-time marine conservationist, also a widely-published journalist, author, honorary ranger, shark-loving surfer and snake wrangler. I also host the popular online experience 'The Art of Penguin Conservation' here on Airbnb. My career as a conservationist was inspired at the age of nine when I encountered one of the first pairs of African penguins to come ashore at Boulders Beach and wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins. 37 years later and my passion for saving penguins is none diminished.
The unfinished story of the endangered African penguin is currently being written and we invite you to be a part of it...

If I am unavailable, my colleague and co-director Terry Corr will guide you. Terry is also a life-time conservationist and is the Head of Education at our NGO.
I am a life-time marine conservationist, also a widely-published journalist, author, honorary ranger, shark-loving surfer and snake wrangler. I also host the popular online experience 'The Art of Penguin Conservation' here on Airbnb. My career as a conservationist was inspired at the age of nine when I encountered one of the first pairs of African penguins to come ashore at Boulders Beach and wrote a story about them that got published, thus beginning my journey with penguins. 37 years later and…
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About the organisation: AfriOceans Conservation Alliance



Established in 2002, AfriOceans Conservation Alliance (AOCA) is a registered non-profit organisation known globally for its unique campaign work, exciting research projects and education and awareness initiatives. AOCA are considered leaders in marine-focused environmental education in South Africa. We conduct REAL Projects: Research. Education. Awareness and Lobbying initiatives.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to AfriOceans Conservation Alliance.
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Where you'll be

Our Walk begins on historic Seaforth Beach. We will visit secret coves, pathways and annual nest sites used by penguins on our way through the national park for a view of how tourism impacts the birds. The walk culminates on a secluded walkway for the finale of the African Penguin story before heading back to our Centre for refreshments.
Note: Some variation of route may occur due to time of the year, weather and the location of penguins.
Vuyokazi
April 2021
Jon is passionate and truly cares about the Wild African Penguin. He knows these birds and effortlessly transfers that knowledge during the experience. Thank you so much Jon for patiently waiting for me.
Jean
April 2021
Jon’s passion for the subject is contagious, his sense of humour entertaining and his explanations and descriptions delightful. He Makes an educational experience so enjoyable and it’s a wonderful way to spend a morning
Jonathan
April 2021
A truly unique experience where you can observe and learn all about the endangered African penguins from someone who is truly passionate and dedicated to their preservation. Would highly recommend it when visiting Cape Town.
Jeanette
March 2021
Jon is and excellent tour guide. You can tell his devotion to conserving to Penguin environment. I was very pleased with his tour
Wantu
February 2021
Was an amazing experience. An incredibly thorough and thoughtful tour. Incredibly informative and you can tell how match passion John has for the Penguins and their preservation.
Lauren
February 2021
Amazing day wandering the beach and learning about penguins and conservation with Jon! These little guys are SO cute...and Jon is incredibly knowledgeable and shared many fun stories. I even got to name two breeding mates that we found who weren’t recorded yet! Look out for Hazel & Elliot!! :))
Amazing day wandering the beach and learning about penguins and conservation with Jon! These little guys are SO cute...and Jon is incredibly knowledgeable and shared many fun stor…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 7 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water bottle, sunhat, sunblock, small towel, comfortable walking shoes (sandals are fine), camera (selfie sticks are forbidden!)