Boulders Beach, Africa

Photo Friday: Boulders Beach, South Africa

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When we found out their were penguins in South Africa, there was no question about it: My mom, sister and I would be making a day trip to see them, no matter how far.

Luckily, they weren’t so far after all—just about a 45-minute drive from Cape Town on a very scenic route. So, armed with our token male Richard, we decided to make a day out of it on perfectly sunny South African fall afternoon.

We arrived at the park, paid our entrance fee (around $10, I think), and made our way down a wooden dock. I wasn’t sure at what point we were supposed to be looking for penguins, but as I happened to glance down over the guardrail not 10 feet past the gate, I had my first sighting.

We stood oohing and ahhing over this little guy and a couple of his sunbathing neighbors until we rounded the bend to find this scenario…

Penguins, penguins, everywhere!

Around every bend, occupying every rock, there were families of penguins.

Having never been to Antarctica (yet), I was quite tickled by this sight—especially on a sunny, warm beach at the tip of Africa. Not really the place you’d traditionally expect to find such a critter.

The one (stupid) misconception I had is that we would be free to frolic among them, as well, openly walking the beach, but not so much. For obvious reasons, all tourists have to stay on the wooden viewing platform. Though given the sign above, maybe that’s a good thing!

After we’d logged enough penguin time to satisfy us all and grabbed a bite to eat in a neighboring seaside restaurant, we loaded up the SUV and continued down the road, as we wanted to make it to Cape Point (and back) before sunset, which is quite early this time of year given the seasonal differences in that hemisphere. It was a few miles up the road where we encountered a curious roadblock…

(to be continued next week)

  • April 17, 2010

    Lurve the last contemplative penguin photo. Seems like it’s thinking about a lover, the state of the world and the pitfalls of investing in short sales. 🙂

  • April 17, 2010


    I love that sign, too. The first one with the penguin giving the disembodied hand the stink eye.

  • April 17, 2010

    Awww, the penguins were one of my favorite things about SA! Love your photos, they are so freaking cute!!!

  • April 17, 2010

    I went there twice, just couldn’t get enough. They are so cute an comical. Loved to watch them making nests in the sand.

    Plus the Cape was Awesome! Although I have to wonder about your roadblock. 😉

  • April 18, 2010

    They are so cute! I wonder if they changed their rules? When I was there 4 years ago, you could go on the beach if you paid an additional fee. And I think I have a pretty good idea of the roadblock to come.

  • April 18, 2010

    Ooh, I love penguins! Especially the “reflective penguin” in the last photo.

  • April 19, 2010

    Concur with the comments about the last photo. He looks… dejected. Downtrodden. Disillusioned.

    He’s obviously thinking about global warming.

  • April 20, 2010

    I love how they all look like they’re howling at the moon. Except for the last one, who’s really pissed that he bought that house in Boca Raton because it’s being a drain on his savings and he can’t sell.

  • April 20, 2010

    Your photography is amazing!

  • April 21, 2010

    Beautiful! Great pictures… I would have wanted to see the penguins as well. I cannot wait for this upcoming photo Friday!

  • April 21, 2010

    That picture of all of the penguins made me laugh out loud. That is amazing to see them all together on the sand!

  • April 22, 2010

    I. Love. Penguins! Penguins! Peeeenguins! (Whatever, I’m not jealous.) Penguins!

  • May 2, 2010

    Your camera is fantastic, what is it?

  • May 4, 2010

    What amazing photos! The last one is my favourite! So cute.. Thanks for sharing.

  • May 5, 2010

    Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a growing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. Children will love the penguins and their antics and Penguins at boulders beach is a worth a stop for safe and enjoyable swimming.
    I loved the photos.

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