Meet our rockhopper penguins

Get up close and personal with the adorable northern rockhopper penguins of the Two Oceans Aquarium. 

You can meet our too-cute rescue rockies through an awesome interactive Penguin Experience. No more than two people will join our bird keeper for an informative, fun and exhilarating face-to-face encounter with our feathered friends. If you are lucky, one or two of them might decide to hop onto your lap. Our trained bird keepers are on hand to ensure that all guidelines are followed. 

These penguins are always free to choose whether they want to interact with visitors or not. They are not trained and we do not reward them in any way for interacting if they do choose to. They can also choose to move away from the visitors either by hopping into the water or moving away to another part of the exhibit. 

The rockhopper penguins at the Two Oceans Aquarium were found stranded on southern Cape beaches and were rehabilitated by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) before being donated to us. They cannot be released because of the risk of introducing diseases into wild populations.

The Penguin Experience is suitable for children aged 8 and up, and adults.

  Cost
Adult R495
Child between 8 and 17 years R425

*Members pay 20% less.

A Penguin Experience ticket also gives you access to the rest of the Two Oceans Aquarium for the remainder of your day.

R100 of this fee will be donated towards a penguin conservation fund.

When and where?

Experiences happen Tuesdays to Sundays at 12h30 in the Penguin Pool at the Two Oceans Aquarium.

A Penguin Experience lasts roughly 30 minutes – although the entire process from welcoming and saying goodbye will last up to 90 minutes.

To book

Please email the Visitor Centre on encounters@aquarium.co.za or call us on +27 (0)21 418 3823 to book your encounter! Bookings and payment must be made at least one day in advance and are subject to availability.

Cancellation fee

If your Penguin Experience is cancelled more than 24 hours before the time, 50% of the fee will be refunded.

Should the Penguin Experience be cancelled less than 24 hours before the time or on the day of the encounter, the visitor will forfeit the entire amount.

Should the visitor want to postpone his or her Penguin Experience for another day, there is no penalty fee if the postponement is requested more than 24 hours in advance.

Should the visitor want to postpone his or her Penguin Experience within 24 hours, this will be regarded as a cancellation.

Terms & conditions

  1. For safety reasons, the visitor must be at least 8 years old in order to participate in a Penguin Experience. Participants will be expected to complete an indemnity form prior to the encounter.

  2. When reporting for your Penguin Experience, always report to the Visitor Services desk (front desk). Failing to report for your Penguin Experience within 15 minutes before your timeslot will result in a cancelled Penguin Experience and you will be liable for the full amount.

  3. The Aquarium entrance fee for Penguin Experience visitors is included in the Penguin Experience fee. Accompanying adult visitors will pay student rates and children pay normal fees.