Meet our famous penguins, they are as famous as birds can be. They draw visitors who can’t resist their waddling way. The same waddling friends are also endangered and under threat form loss of habitat. The story of the African penguins at Boulders Beach is remarkable.
Read more about the danger the penguins are facing at the moment at www.southafrica.net
The African penguin used to be known as the jackass penguins, because of the braying sounds they make. The birds breeds in colonies stretching from southern Namibia to Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
History of the penguin colony in Cape Town started in 1983 when a pair was spotted on Foxy Beach at Boulders and in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown increasing, at about 60% a year. This quick growth of the colony was the result of immigration, particularly from Dyer Island, as well as by reproduction.
Birds have probably come to False Bay because of the good fishing available since commercial purse seine fishing has been banned in the Bay. Although Simon's Town is proud of its penguins, the nearby residents suffered as the birds enters their gardens, destroyed the undergrowth and they are generally noisy and messy.
These days, penguins are often seen at Seaforth Beach too, so plenty of places to spot the Penguins. Roman Rock Accommodation is 2-3 minutes drive from boulders beach, where the penguins live.