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: 6
From R 1 100,00
Per unit, per night.

Tshayile

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

1.1km North East of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Situated a few minutes' walk from a beautiful beach with several rock pools, which are perfect for children, Tshayile is simply ideal for a family holiday. Slleeps six, one bedroom has a queen size bed, the other two have two single beds...

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Sleeps: 12 in 6 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Bucaco Sud Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Betty's Bay

1.6km North East of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

A stylishly decorated and comfortable Tuscan/Provencal home with spectacular 180 degree front coastal views and towering mountain views from the back garden.

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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 offers self catering accommodation for 10 people, in 5 bedrooms and three bathrooms. Bedrooms 1 and 5 have King Sized beds, bedrooms 2, 3 and 4 single beds. The beds in bedrooms 2 and 3 can be converted to King sized if required...

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Graded:
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 is situated in the heart of the Western Cape's uniquely rich fynbos region and offers breathtaking mountain and distant ocean views from our 8.5-hectare fynbos farm on the outskirts of Pringle Bay.

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Graded:
Sleeps: 6
From R 1 720,00
Per unit, per night.

Dreams

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Pringle Bay

7.4km West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

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. Dreams accommodates up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms and is graded 3 stars.

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Sleeps: 8
From R 3 750,00
Per unit, per night.

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: 8 in 3 units/rooms

Gordons on Sea

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordon's Bay

19.7km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Gordon's on sea offers 3 self catering apartments. Share our awesome sunsets from your patio, while enjoying our famous Cape wines.

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Sleeps: 13 in 3 units/rooms
From R 400,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Cape Sea View

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordon's Bay

19.7km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Our accommodation consists of 3 luxurious holiday apartments, all self catering and reasonably priced. Tastefully decorated, all have TV and private entrances. Idyllically situated against the Hottentots Holland Mountains, overlooking False Bay on th

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Bayview Gordon's Bay

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

19.7km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

Bayview is a self-catering, superbly-furnished, crisp and contemporary, fully-equipped private home.

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Graded:
Sleeps: 2

The Blue Marine Luxury Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordon's Bay

19.8km North West of center of Penguin Nature Reserve

The Blue Marine Luxury accommodation in Gordon's Bay offers 1 apartment. Uninterrupted sea views, magical sunsets, private balconies, secure automated parking. Just for the ultimate pleasure whether it be on vacation or business. (Regret no children).

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