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Penguin Nature Reserve

Penguin Nature Reserve

Penguin Nature Reserve



One of the most beautiful coastal routes in the Overberg region, where mountains hug the coast line, is called Clarence Drive. Clarence Drive is said to be rivaled only by Chapmans Peak Drive on the Peninsula. And it is Clarence Drive that will lead you to the Penguin Nature Reserve in Betty's Bay, home to the Stony Point penguin colony. The penguin colony, is one of only a few mainland based penguin colonies as historically penguins only nested on islands, to keep away from predators. One of the other mainland based colonies is the one at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. The colony which is only 90km from Cape Town first began in 1982 when a breeding pair of penguins, which experts presume came from Dryer Island, landed in the area and decided to stay. Visitors to the colony can view the penguins from a number of boardwalks and viewing decks which were erected between 1987 and 1989 along with protective fencing.

Although there is no official size for the colony, locals believe the birds currently exceed five thousand with the colony growing at a steady rate. This is causing a stir in the community as some believe this growth is not sustainable as there is no natural predator within the reserve area. This area is also the breeding ground for Bank Cormorant, alongside the more common Crowned, Cape and White-breasted Cormorants.

The best times to view the birds are early in the morning or late in the afternoon when they return from their fishing expeditions which sometimes exceed 20km's. Although the breeding colony is fenced off it can still be visited daily from 09:00 in the morning until 17:00 in the afternoon with an minimal entrance fee.

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
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Bucaco Sud Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Betty's Bay

1.6km North East of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Bucaco Sud Guesthouse offers stylish bed and breakfast accommodation in Betty's Bay, Overberg / Whale Coast. A Provencal style home, with great ambience and attention to detail. Set against the Kogelberg, with a swimming pool and towering mountain in the

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Sleeps: 10

Merlon

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Betty's Bay

2.2km South West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Merlon provides self catering accommodation in Betty's Bay, Overberg / Whale Coast. Situated close to Stony Point, and within half a kilometre of Silversands Beach. Merlon offers self catering accommodation for 10 people, in 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms

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Sleeps: 20 in 9 units/rooms

Kapensis Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Pringle Bay

4.8km West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Kapensis Guesthouse offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Pringle Bay on the Overberg / Whale Coast. Situated in the heart of the Western Cape's uniquely rich fynbos region and offers breathtaking Hottentots-Holland Mountain and distant ocean views fr

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 720,00
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Dreams

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pringle Bay

7.4km West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Dreams offers self catering accommodation in Pringle Bay, on the Overberg / Whale Coast. You won't be dreaming when you wake up a mere 100m - 3 minutes walk - to the white sand of Pringle Bay's idyllic beach. Relaxation, comfort, family time, nature, suns

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Sleeps: 8
From R 3 750,00
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Spatalla

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Kleinmond

12.2km North East of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Spatalla is situated in Kleinmond, a luxuriously furnished private self catering residence that offers the finest finishing touches including 4 spacious bedrooms with private balconies, all have en suite bathrooms...

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Sleeps: 13 in 3 units/rooms
From R 400,00
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Cape Sea View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

19.7km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Cape Sea View offers self catering accommodation in Gordons Bay, Cape Town. Our accommodation consists of 3 luxurious holiday apartments, all self catering and reasonably priced. Tastefully decorated, all have TV and private entrances. Idyllically situate

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

Bayview Gordons Bay

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

19.7km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Bayview offers superbly-furnished self catering accommodation in Gordons Bay, Cape Town. This crisp and contemporary, fully-equipped private home is located in the suburb known as Mountainside, overlooking Gordons Bay. Spread out over 3 floors, Bayview co

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The Blue Marine Luxury Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

19.8km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

The Blue Marine provides luxury self catering accommodation in Gordons bay, Cape Town. The apartment offers uninterrupted sea views, magical sunsets, private balcony, secure automated parking. Just for the ultimate pleasure whether it be on vacation or bu

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Sleeps: 28 in 5 units/rooms

Bikini Beach Manor

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

19.8km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Bikini Beach Manor provides luxury self catering accommodation in Gordons Bay, Cape Town. If you are looking for a relaxing retreat of good quality then look no further as you have arrived! Bikini Beach Manor is a 4-storey 1200m2 modern contemporary build

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Cape Gordonia

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

20.0km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Cape Gordonia provides self catering apartment accommodation in Gordons Bay, Cape Town. Holiday at Cape Gordonia and discover tranquillity just an hour from the sights of Cape Town. Removed from the tourist hustle and bustle of the city centre, Gordons Ba

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