Simon’s Town’s penguins, South Africa

On the way to Cape Point or Cape of Good Hope you will most probably pass Simon’s Town (or in Afrikaans “Simonstad”) with it’s small population of less than 3 000 people. This is one of the few places where you can see African penguins free out in the wild. To find them, take a short walk out of town and down to Boulders Beach. Here you can choose to pay around 3 euros to enter the beach, or to go outside the main area where you will also see a few penguins. Some hundred meters away along a path you can also choose to pay to be able to swim with the penguins.

Penguins molt their old feathers and during this period they are less protected against the water. This means that the penguins eat and build fat before the moulting period to be able to be without food while mounting.

Train ride Fish Hoek & Simons Town

Penguins on sea rock with grass in front

Penguins on Boulders Beach Simons Town

Sleeping sun tanning penguin in sand/beach

Penguin moulting, loosing feathers

Bird on Boulders Beach, South Africa

Penguin looking through a fence

Penguins under vehicles warning

Silly signs, train station in South Africa

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