8 June 2011
08.06.2011 70 °F
This morning Genie's son, Morne, picked us up at our hotel for a drive around the peninsula. We didn't realize what we were asking when I wanted to see the penguins was for such a long drive. He did it like a real champ.
Our first stop was just along the road to get a few photos of these photogenic rest stops.
In just couldn't resist a picture of this at the same time.
Next was a quick stop in Simon's Town for a coffee by the water.
We picked up a few souveneirs and then went on to The Boulders to see the penguin colony.
These used to be named Jackass penguins because of their donkey-like braying call. Since several specias of South American penguins make the same noise they were renamed the African Penguins.
These are the only species that breed in Africa.
Their diet is squid and shoal fish. they can be submerged for 2 minutes and swim at an average of 7 km/hr.
They are monogomous and the lifelong partners take turns to incubate their eggs and to feed their young.
Penguins have very sharp beaks and can cause serious injury if they bite.
Boulders is one of the few site where this endangered bird can be observed at close range, wandering freel in a protected natural environment.
From just two breeding pairs in 1982,the penguin colongy has grown to about 3,000.
The park even has little "houses" for these little guys.
Back in the car Morne said he would take us to another must see spot - Cape Point.
This is on the Cape of Good Hope and part of Table Mountain National Park.
The Cape of Good Hope is between two major ocean currents - the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm Agulhas on the East Coast. It is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
The parking area is below the point so a walk up for about 15 minutes is in order.
Once there the cliffs and lighthouse give plenty of opportunities for photos.
After getting our fix we head back to Simon's town for a lunch at Bertha's before driving back to the hotel.