We were recently visited by passionate local vlogger, SafariWian, who took a deeper look at the Two Oceans Aquarium to answer that age-old question: "What do you need to know before visiting?"
From information for visitors to a behind-the-scenes look at our conversation work, SafariWian's video reveals it all:
Where do you get a ticket?
There is no need to book in advance, but we advise visitors to buy their tickets online if possible as this allows them to skip the queue at the ticket office.
How many exhibits/animals does the Aquarium have?
The Two Oceans Aquarium is home to about 8 000 animals, spanning approximately 300 species. These animals are divided amongst many exhibits, with our largest and most popular being the I&J Ocean Exhibit, Kelp Forest Exhibit, Predator Exhibit, Penguin Exhibit and Skretting Diversity Gallery.
When are the animal feeding times?
Visitors are welcome to join in at the informative and fun feeding times for the penguins, sharks and other aquarium critters. You can always find the latest feeding time programme here.
Is the Aquarium involved in conservation?
We believe that our team's passion and commitment to animal welfare and conservation shines through in all elements of our work. Through the work of our non-profit arm, the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation, we are actively involved in the rehabilitation of stranded sea turtles, the disentanglement of marine mammals such as Cape fur seals, and the conservation and tracking of sharks and sunfish.
We are also actively involved in marine science and veterinary research and collaborate with a large number of educational institutions such as CPUT, UCT, UWC and Rhodes University to improve our understanding of the lives of South Africa's diverse marine life.
How can I meet the penguins too?
It's simple - book a Penguin Experience and you'll have the chance to waddle with the colony of northern rockhopper penguins! These birds have all, unfortunately, been stranded on the South African coast and cannot be returned to the sub-Antarctic islands they once called home, however they are now ambassadors for conservation and Penguin Experiences are just one way we are able to create awareness about the plight of wild seabirds.
Can I also get a tour?
Yes! Simply call our front desk to arrange a front-of-house or behind-the-scenes tour fro your group. Annual Members will also receive exclusive invitations to a huge variety of events, including behind the scenes tours led by our senior staff team.
Remember - you don't need a guide to enjoy your visit to the Aquarium; all our exhibits include informative signage, and you can enjoy fun, interactive exhibits, such as the Microscope Exhibit, which are manned by floor staff ready to assist you at all times.