Stony Point Penguin Colony
Welcome to Stony Point Nature Reserve
Looking to go on one of the best Penguin tour in Cape Town? Think taking our private tour to Stony Point Penguin colony with a private tour guide and vehicle from Cape Town. Welcome to Stony Point Nature Reserve home to one of the largest breeding colonies of African penguins in the World. This incredible home of our African Penguin is situated in the beautiful quiet coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg (Over the Mountain). This nature reserve is one of the best places or destinations for locals and tourists alike an opportunity to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony. Visitors can observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them all year round.
Other species which can be observed in the colony are three species of a cormorant; the Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can be seen on the surrounding rocks.
This African Penguin Colony is found on the site of the old Waaygat Whaling Station, which was used to harvest and process whale meat in the early to mid 1900s. Remnants of the infrastructure for this long-defunct industry can still be seen at the site.
Why go to Stony Point?
Stony Point is the biggest colony of African Penguin in South Africa and penguins can be seen at any given time with little effort. It is one of the best destinations to go to for African Penguins.
How to get there :
If you are doing a self-drive from Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right on to Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left on to the R44 (Clarence Drive), following the road along the coast, past Rooi Els and Pringle Bay. Turn right at the first sign for Betty’s Bay, on to Porter Road. Follow Porter Road for 2.5km, then turn right on to Crassula Avenue. Turn right on to Disa Road at the four-way stop 600m down Crassula Avenue, and then follow the signs to Stony Point, which will be on your left. The trip from Cape Town should take between 70-90 minutes, depending on the traffic in Somerset West. There are road signs as you are approaching the colony.
When is the best time to go to Stony Point?
Stony point is a destination that can be visited all year round.
Best Time to Go: Best: Good:
- See up to 2000 pairs of breeding of African Penguins
- Beautiful boardWalk enabling you to see more penguins
- See thousands of Cormorant
- See the Crowned Cormorant
- See up close the Rock Hyrax or Dassie
- See up close the Cape Cormorant
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