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Simon's Town
and the Penguin Colony

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African Penguins are the only species of penguin that colonise on the African continent. 100 years ago there were still many of them on the Cape West Coast with its cold waters.

Jackass penguins in SimonstownBecause penguin meat is apparently edible, they were mercilessly hunted. Later the overfishing of the sea and the loss of breeding spots resulted in near extinction of the species. The present stock is still threatened although the colony in Simon's Town has grown, in a few years, from 50 to 3000 breeding pairs.

Travel hints and accommodation in Simon's Town to be found on the blue INFO page.
Boulders Beach, Simonstown
Simon's Town Airial
A special attraction is the colony of African Penguins at Boulders Beach and Foxy Beach. For many years now, under the administration of Cape Nature Conservation these cute birds are quite friendly with humans, although they don't want to be touched. On warm summer days people and penguins splash together in the clear and shallow waters of the bay, surrounded by big round boulders.

Top: Main Street in Simon's Town, Centre: Jackass Penguins at Boulders Beach, Bottom right: Airial of Simon's Town, Left: Boulders Beach.

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