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1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Tina10 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:36 am

We are visiting Cape Town over New Year and want to visit the penguins. Do we need to book tickets before we come , or can we just turn up on the day?
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Hugh » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:42 am

You just need to turn up. if you have a wild card you get in free. I think its normally about R40 each to get in.We went over the festive season last year with the grand children and as we were faily ealy it was nice and quiet.
There is also another Non Sanparks Penquin colony in Bettys bay .
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Brummie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:06 am

Although a visit along the boardwalk is well worth doing, remember that Pingu's relatives don't know about Sanparks, so can be found all around the area, so a stroll along the public footpaths to the South can also be rewarding :wink:
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Crested Val » Thu Oct 04, 2012 11:26 am

We spent a very pleasant afternoon there last year. :thumbs_up:

As Hugh said, no need to book and free if you have a Wildcard. :dance:

Hope you enjoy as much as we did. :thumbs_up:

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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Leaping Lizards » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:40 pm

Hi there Wildkyker

The Penguins are at Foxy Beach close to Simons Town or Boulders beach right next to Foxy.

Just drive towards and, then through Simons Town. About 2 minutes after Simons Town look out for the signs saying Penguins to your left.

Since you have a Wildcard, try both Foxy and Boulders.

Foxy is the breading colony. You will walk along erected boardwalks and may not go down to the beach, but you will see hundreds of them. From there you can walk to Boulders which is also SANParks, so you will be able to go in with your Wildcard. There are much less penguins, but you may go down onto the beach and the penguins do come up close to visitors. During summer they even swim between bathers and one missed me by centimetres.

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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:24 pm

Wildkyker, Leaping Lizard is spot on. :thumbs_up:

Another place is Stony Point close to Kleinmond or in Betty's Bay area, if you find yourself in that part of the Cape during your visit. :D
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:38 pm

The Stony Point colony in Betty's Bay is rather nice and there are many other Cape endemic birds in the area.
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Robbert » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:35 am

Hi Wildkyker,

Just a little teaser (I will post some more if you like the picture :wink: )

You are going to love the place. Around the Cape there are losts of spots where you can watch the penguins, at the Boulders is a scenic spot. The first time we visited the place there were no boardwalks and we even went for swimming joined by the the lovely birds (no pictures of this :naughty: )
Another spot for watching penguins is at Betty'sBay, we were there in March 2012 and the entrance fee was R10

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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by yoda » Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:20 am

Wildkyker,

The penguins are well worth visitiing.
We go with my kids every December.

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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Thunderbird7 » Wed Sep 03, 2014 8:52 am

The colony at Betty's bay is well worth a visit as well :) particularly atmospheric on rough an stormy days :)

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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Sep 03, 2014 10:16 am

eos5d wrote: Around the Cape there are lots of spots where you can watch the penguins,



Not quite true my friend. Boulders, near Simon's Town, and Stony Point at Betty's Bay are the only ones.
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Robbert » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:29 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:
eos5d wrote: Around the Cape there are lots of spots where you can watch the penguins,



Not quite true my friend. Boulders, near Simon's Town, and Stony Point at Betty's Bay are the only ones.


If you refer to the official sites you are right but we've seen penguins at other spots around the Cape as well.
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:45 am

eos5d wrote: we've seen penguins at other spots around the Cape as well.


Interesting. Where else have you seen them? I would like to investigate them.
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Re: 1st visit to penguins

Unread post by Robbert » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:05 pm

Hi Bush Baptist,

It is already a few years ago but we've seen them South of Simonstown and inside the Cape Point park all of them at the False Bay side. We even saw them walking the Main Road at night, near the turn off to the Rocklands Road.

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