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Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to lots of penguin viewing places in South Africa and think this one tops the lot in terms of sheer numbers of African penguins, the ease of seeing them from the well-designed boardwalk and the beautiful backdrop. It is so reasonable -...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Liketorome
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hundreds of penguins with a breath taking view on Betty's bay! The local restaurant is also very nice and cheap!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tatie_V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Instead of taking the quick way from CT to Hermanus, we always take the costal road. The pinguines at stony point are always worth a detour.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank aussi33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great location to observe the African Pinguins. Compared to other locations closer to Cape Town, this place is not as crowded. We enjoyed the visit very much. Cost for adults is 25 ZAR. The observatory platform is closing at 4pm.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank World-Explorer81
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nestled in Betty's Bay, the old whaling station is now a sanctuary for not only penguins but also birds. Not many tourists so we had the place to ourselves - perfect.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank vince-tash
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in December 2019 and paid R25 per adult and R15 per child to enter. One could see quite a few penguins prior to reaching the pay point, but the experience was worth paying for. They did not have change when we opted to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Randburg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely boardwalk and great site for viewing African Penguins and other sea birds plus Dassies and Rock lizards

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 949garyl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A good place to see pengeinstitutter in SA if you have a car. Cheap entrance, but the place closes early (16 or 17:00). Check at HomePage. Best viewingvtime: as late as possible.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BjoD
Reviewed November 17, 2018

We visited Boulders Beach at the start of our holiday and Betty's each at the end. No comparison.. Betty's beach wins hands down. Much less crowded, more natural, much cheaper, 25 rand. You can even see penguins without paying. Much more natural and less commercial.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018

This is a wee gem, much better than Boulders Beach, lots of wildlife as well as the penguins, 4 types of cormorant, gulls, dassies, lizards, all well explained by the boards by the walkway. Worth way more than 25 rand. Highly recommended

Date of experience: November 2018
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April 13, 2018|
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Response from Rajasingam B | Reviewed this property |
Manageable but send them in batches to view the Penguins. Maybe 20 are a time to get the maximum viewing pleasure.
November 28, 2017|
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Response from PieterfromRoodepoort | Reviewed this property |
Hermanus' shore front is great anytime during the year with little shops, walkways along the cliffs. The whales are just an additional extra in season. The penguin colony is vibrant all year round and a definite worthwhile... More
October 15, 2017|
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Response from dandelion2 | Reviewed this property |
There were many penguins there in June.
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Response frommiki121|
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Boulder Beach vs Stony Point (4 Replies)
I will be visiting Stony Point penguin colony in early June as a part of my Garden Route Tour. I read several reviews that say that Stony Point is better than Boulder beach. If this is correct, is it still worth visiting Boulder beach when I visit Cape of Good hope? If not, then I am considering giving Boulder beach as miss and visit some other place instead. Thanks for your responses.
May 11, 2017|
Response fromZ7559PVmohamede|
Probably spend time in Simons Town and do a short train trip from Simons Town to Fish Hoek or Muizenberg or visit the beach at St James or try the fish and chips at Kalk Bay while meandering through these villages.Now that you seen the penguins perhaps you can give Boulders a miss.