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This Small Town in South Africa Is the Best Place to See Penguins Outside of Antarctica

South Africa Wildlife
by Matador Creators Jan 11, 2023

If you’re looking to add a bit of wildlife spotting to your South African vacation, head to the small seaside town of Betty’s Bay. The area is home to thousands of Jackass Penguins, making it one of the best places in the world to see these delightful creatures in their natural habitat. Here’s why Betty’s Bay is an ideal destination for penguin spotting.

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Betty’s Bay is a small town in Western Cape, South Africa, home to the Stony Point Penguin Colony, home to a large population of African penguins. The jackass penguins are so named because their call is similar to that of a donkey or jackass. These birds are often seen foraging for food along the shoreline. The colony is located on a rocky outcropping at the end of the beach at Stony Point, and visitors can view the penguins from a raised boardwalk that runs through the colony. The best time to see the penguins is typically between October and April, when they breed and raise their chicks. However, it’s essential to check the opening hours of the reserve before planning a visit since some of the reserve is closed for breeding seasons, some are closed on specific days of the week, and some require booking in advance.

There are many reasons to visit Betty’s Bay, including its stunning coastal scenery. Betty’s Bay is located on the scenic Route 44, which offers visitors panoramic views of the ocean, mountains, and fynbos, a unique type of vegetation found only in the Western Cape. The area is known for its diverse flora and fauna, including the African penguins at the Stony Point penguin colony and many other bird species, including the black harrier and the black oystercatcher. The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is also a must-visit place where you can see different varieties of plants and flowers.

Visitors can enjoy hiking, beachcombing, fishing, swimming, and water sports like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and kitesurfing. Betty’s Bay is a peaceful and tranquil place with a relaxed atmosphere, making it the perfect spot for a relaxing holiday. The area has a rich history, with evidence of human habitation dating back to the Stone Age. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is a protected area containing many endangered species and ancient San rock art. Visitors can also take a scenic drive along Clarence Drive and R44, which offers picturesque views of the sea, mountains and fynbos.

Overall, Betty’s Bay offers a unique combination of natural beauty, outdoor activities, and relaxation, making it an ideal destination for visitors who appreciate the beauty of nature and the tranquility of small-town living.

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