Stony Point Penguin Colony
Type: Penguins, Nature
Time needed: 1 Hour(s) to 3 Hour(s)
The Stony Point Penguin Colony is found in Betty's Bay on the Cape's Overberg coastline, about 90 kilometres from Cape Town, and is one of only three land-based colonies in South Africa. The colony first began in 1982 with the arrival of a breeding pair of penguins, presumably from nearby Dyer Island, and by 1986 the colony had grown to about 40 nests. The colony was originally unfenced allowing visitors to wander and spend time with the penguins in close proximity. Sadly this changed in the late 1980's when a leopard attacked the colony, killing over 60 penguins. Since then the penguins have been fenced in, allowing the colony to grow to over 150 pairs - partly due to immigration from Dyer Island and partly due to breeding. Boardwalks have been erected to provide easy viewing for visitors. Penguins can be seen daily, however; the best viewing is in early morning and early evening between the months of April and June. The African Penguin species is listed as vulnerable with numbers decreasing rapidly over the past few years due to oil spills, predatory Cape Fur seals and overfishing of the surrounding waters. A visit to Stony Point is a highly enjoyable activity and well worth taking the time to experience.