Betty’s Bay is a very small seaside village in the Eastern Cape. My brother drove from Stellenbosch all the way along the coast to this small village. It was a lovely drive filled with stunning scenery!!
Betty’s Bay is surrounded by the Harold Porter Nature Reserve thus covered with “fynbos” and other indigenous vegetation. Unfortunately summer time is quite dry here in the Western Cape so there weren’t any flowers blooming along the side of the road.
I enjoy playing tourist every time I visit South-Africa so that I get to see some of my beautiful country before I leave again. On my list of things to see were the African Penguins that actually live here in the Western Cape on the beach!
Stoney Point Penguin reserve is situated here at Betty’s Bay and our final destination on our road trip. This reserve protects a small breeding colony of African Penguins that can be found along the Cape coast. I was quite excited to see penguins on the beach in the 36 degree Celsius heat.
The African Penguin is also called the black-footed penguin (due to the colour of its feet), and the jackass penguin (because of its very distinct donkey-like call).
It was a very hot and sunny day in December and a little breeze to cool us off would have been very welcome. AS we got out of the car at the reserve the heat hit me like a brick in the face and for a moment I regretted having to walk around outside. I had on loads of sun block but I forgot to wear my hat for the first half of our walk and went home with sunburn on my scalp!!
We walked through the breeding colony along the raised walkway that runs along the beach. Most of the penguins were sitting on the rocks in pools of water or in the surf where they could cool down a bit.
These penguins can grow to 70 cm tall (the males are usually a little bigger than the females), and can weigh roughly 3 kg.
We got to see loads of penguins not doing much. They are so cute!! Unfortunately my brother was quite disappointed with the visit, saying that he couldn’t believe that the area stunk so much and that they weren’t as beautiful as he thought they would have been.
I was quite glad that I also got to see some birds nesting from up close. OK, I will admit that the penguins do smells quite bad in this heat!!