Photo courtesy of Lisa Burnell/Cape Town Tourism
Africa’s only penguins come to Simon's Town to breed. In the early 1980s, an enterprising pair mated for the first time on Boulders Beach, and their tuxedoed descendents now number several thousand. To spy on the penguins in their natural habitat, make the one hour drive from Cape Town and stroll the wooden pathway in Table Mountain National Park . Park service members patrol the Caribbean-blue beach — these little guys "made" the endangered species list in 2010 — so the penguins feel safe enough to leave their protected area to waddle onto the beach or splash in the water. Robben Island is another great spot to see these stars of the southern hemisphere — tours depart daily from Cape Town's Nelson Mandela Gateway.
By Ted Botha
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