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Bettys Bay Penguin Colony

The Bettys Bay penguin colony, situated at Stony Point, is one of 2 mainland-based penguin colonies (historically penguins only nested on islands, to keep away from predators), the other being at Simonstown. Jackass penguins and ostriches are the only flightless bird species found in Africa. Jackass Penguins are also known as African Penguins.

welcome to the Bettys Bay penguin colony

Best viewing times

Early morning and evening from April to June.

boardwalk to the Stony Point penguin colony at Bettys Bay

History of penguin colony

The first nests were spotted in 1982. A viewing platform and protecting fence was erected between 1987 and 1989.

penguins at the Bettys Bay colony near Cape Town

Directions to the penguin colony

Driving from Cape Town take the coastal route past Strand and Gordon's Bay towards Bettys Bay, turn right just after the petrol station in Bettys Bay into Porter Drive, then left into Crassula Avenue, right into Wallers Way and then left into the parking lot at Stony Point.

Stony Point penguins

Photos of the Bettys Bay penguin colony

penguin at the colony in Bettys Bay

Bettys Bay penguin colony -rocks & sea

Here's the entrance to the Stony Point colony (we paid R10 per adult with our little one getting in for free).

Baby jackass penguin with its parent, waiting for the other parent to return with food.

entrance to Bettys Bay penguin colony

baby penguin with its parent

Where to stay

Look for accommodation in Hermanus or the upmarket Arabella Hotel.

penguin at the Bettys Bay colony near Cape Town

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