(Video) Trip Report: Watching African Penguins at Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope

Jan 10, 2013

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This is the fourth post of my South Africa Series. Follow along to read my reviews on several different aspects of my trip. Other posts in this series include: Come Along With Me To South Africa!Flight Review: South African Airways Business Class JFK-JNB; Hotel Review: Westin Cape TownCape Town DiningHotel Review: Hilton Cape Town10 Things I Love About South AfricaHotel Review: 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa Luxury RoomTrekking Up Table Mountain In Cape TownHotel Review: Hyatt Regency JohannesburgTrip Report: South Africa Safari at Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands Private Game ReserveSafari Highlights at Sabi Sands Game Reserve in South Africa.

After two great days tasting wines, eating gourmet meals and hanging out with cheetahs in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, we started to make our way back to Cape Town today – and suffice it to say, we took the long way around passing down along to coast to Simon’s Town where we got to meet some of South Africa’s most distinctive and crowd-pleasing inhabitants, the colony of African penguins that makes Boulders Beach their home.

Check out the video I made of a close encounter here:

Besides being pretty adorable (though don’t get too close because they snap!), these guys were just fun to watch as they hopped in and out of the water or even just stood around staring back at us and the busload of Chinese tourists who pulled up right after us.

A beach full of penguins!
A beach full of penguins!

This was definitely a worthwhile stop on the way to Cape Point where you can drive practically to the Cape of Good Hope, climb the path to a lighthouse and look over False Bay and up the Cape almost all the way to Table Mountain just south of Cape Town.

Eric seems to be having a good time hanging out with our new aquatic friends.
Eric seems to be having a good time hanging out with our new aquatic friends.

Though it was partially cloudy, the views were still magnificent. Wish I could say the same of the ostrich burger I ordered at the Two Oceans restaurant at the base of the lighthouse path, but it was too greasy and gamy for my taste.

Awe inspiring views of the Cape of Good Hope
Awe-inspiring views of the Cape of Good Hope

The other wildlife encounter we had was on the way back to the coast as we headed to our hotel near Camps Bay. Some other tourists had found a group of baboons by the road and given them food – a big no no! – so by the time we drove up behind them the baboons were all over the car wreaking havoc. The people inside were fine, so we didn’t stay around to see how that would end!

Driving by a rambunctious baboon
Driving by a rambunctious baboon

All in all it was an eventful day exploring the wilds of the Cape. Stay tuned for more trip reports!

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