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Boulders Beach and Cape Point

8 June 2011

sunny 70 °F

changing rooms at the beach

changing rooms at the beach


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.
changing cabins

changing cabins


Our first stop was just along the road to get a few photos of these photogenic rest stops.
jungle gyms

jungle gyms


In just couldn't resist a picture of this at the same time.
Simons Town

Simons Town


Next was a quick stop in Simon's Town for a coffee by the water.
Boulder Beach

Boulder Beach


We picked up a few souveneirs and then went on to The Boulders to see the penguin colony.
posing peguin

posing peguin


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.
fuzzy penguin

fuzzy penguin


These are the only species that breed in Africa.
penguin hangout

penguin hangout


Their diet is squid and shoal fish. they can be submerged for 2 minutes and swim at an average of 7 km/hr.
penguin babies

penguin babies


They are monogomous and the lifelong partners take turns to incubate their eggs and to feed their young.
peeping penguin

peeping penguin


Penguins have very sharp beaks and can cause serious injury if they bite.
penguiin at boulder beach

penguiin at boulder beach


Boulders is one of the few site where this endangered bird can be observed at close range, wandering freel in a protected natural environment.
waddling along

waddling along


From just two breeding pairs in 1982,the penguin colongy has grown to about 3,000.
penguin house

penguin house


The park even has little "houses" for these little guys.
us at Boulder Beach

us at Boulder Beach


Back in the car Morne said he would take us to another must see spot - Cape Point.
Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope


This is on the Cape of Good Hope and part of Table Mountain National Park.
Cape Point

Cape Point


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.
us at Cape Point

us at Cape Point


Curt as Baboon

Curt as Baboon


The parking area is below the point so a walk up for about 15 minutes is in order.
Cliffs with lighthouse

Cliffs with lighthouse


Lighthouse with red flowers

Lighthouse with red flowers


Once there the cliffs and lighthouse give plenty of opportunities for photos.
Cape Point lighthouse

Cape Point lighthouse


directional arrows at Cape Point

directional arrows at Cape Point


mini palm trees

mini palm trees


dangerous baboon

dangerous baboon


Berthas

Berthas


After getting our fix we head back to Simon's town for a lunch at Bertha's before driving back to the hotel.

Posted by ErinDriver 10:28 Archived in South Africa

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