This is part seven of my travel series to South Africa. For the complete series, please see below:
Traveling to South Africa – South African Airways and Federal Air
Singita Ebony – The Lodge
Singita Ebony – Day to Night
Singita Sweni – The Lodge
Singita Sweni – Day to Night
Cape Town – The Peninsula Tour and The Boat House
Cape Town – City and Winelands Tour
Cape Town – V&A Waterfront, Test Kitchen, Fork and Table Mountain
24 Hours in Istanbul
On our first full day in Cape Town, we woke up, had breakfast, and then headed down to the Cape Grace lobby to meet our private tour guide for the next two days – the lovely Pam from Cape Fusion Tours. I highly recommend getting a private guide if you’re only in Cape Town for a few days and want to see the sights. Pam was an incredible source of knowledge about both historical and modern day South Africa, and created several amazing itineraries for us. We enjoyed every minute we had with her.
On our first morning, we did a classic tour of the peninsula region. Cape Town’s peninsula is gorgeous – lots of beautiful suburbs, greenery, and of course views of the ocean.
Fish Hoek – a popular retirement and vacation area.
We passed by Fish Hoek on our first stop – to see the penguin colonies at Boulders Beach! We were both very excited for this.
Coming from a major tourist area like San Francisco and having visited many others, we expected that there would be a huge line, lots of people, maybe a big parking lot for us to see the penguin colonies. Instead, Pam simply pulled over and found parking on a side street, and we walked a few minutes down to the beach. Just one reason why I would encourage everybody to visit Cape Town (and not in high season if you can avoid it) – you can still get up and close to many of the most popular sights!
A few feet from where we parked, we saw a little penguin who had made his way out to the street.
We also passed by some more of my favorite birds milling around – guinea fowl!
Then, we got to the entrance and started walking on the boardwalk down towards the beach. There were many penguins along the sides of the pathway, just hanging out. In the photo below, you’ll see the edges of some plastic jugs. Pam explained that these were habitats created as a nesting option for the penguins.
You could get up close and personal to the penguins, though there were many signs warning you not to touch. Penguins bite!
And soon, we had walked over to the colonies! You can’t physically walk onto the beach at Boulders. Instead, there were a few platforms on the walkway where we could get very close, and watch the penguins. Continue Reading