Penguin encounter at Simon’s Town

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On my way to Simon’s Town.


One of the things I remember most about Cape Town is the stunning landscape. An overabundunce of natural beauty. Among the places I explored combined with my passion for landscape & wildlife is the Boulder’s & Foxy Beach. Never in my life, and certainly outside Antarctica, did I imagine that I could get so close to these adorable creatures. While at the train on the way to Simon’s Town, which is an hour away from the city, I could not help but wonder how much I would see. The area where I saw the penguins for the first time consist of two interconnected beaches. One is the Boulder’s Beach, where it is supposedly possible to swim with them. Something I coudn’t do at that time because the water was so cold.

The other is the Foxy Beach where I saw the entire colony from a constructed boardwalk. The place required an entrance fee though. There were hundreds of them. All fury and extremely cute. They seemingly enjoy posing for the cameras. And I could see them everywhere. Either behind bushes & rocks or basking in the sun beside the walkways.

Here are some photos taken at the beach as well as Simon’s Town.














More of them at Foxy Beach.









Simon’s Town.














27 thoughts on “Penguin encounter at Simon’s Town

  1. Jen Morrow says:

    Cute overload!! The penguins are so adorable. I love that they are roaming around on the beach, not stuck in a zoo.

  2. I love Penguins! They are so cute and when they walk, stop, tilt their heads then continue walking, you just wish you could grab one cuddle or take with you. It is great to see them free and not locked away in a zoo or in an aquarium. I love that you can get close enough to take good shots!

  3. Evanne says:

    I love penguins so much! How close were you? It looks like you could have touched them! (Not that I would!)

  4. Veronica says:

    You are so lucky to have seen penguins! South Africa is definitely on my Bucket list, it’s nature is amazing!

  5. Sriparna says:

    Seeing your post reminds me of Happy Feet 🙂
    The penguins are so darn cute <3 <3 <3 By the looks of your pic, they seem friendly… did you get to pat them as well?

  6. What amazing photos! Love the views of the beach and sea, and the penguins are so cute, I just want to hug them. Not such a great idea, but… cuteness overload here 😀

  7. Ana says:

    The first time I saw Penguins at Sea World, Orlando and then several times in a zoo. But I bet, nothing can beat the experience of seeing them in their natural habitat!

  8. Indrani says:

    I have seen them only in zoos 🙁 I very much wish to take my kids on a trip there NOW! Such adorable captures! They look best in their habitat!

  9. Blair Villanueva says:

    Cape Town is soo beautiful and you are blessed to have a chance to visit. I couldn’t help but admire those penguins living like kings 🙂 Soo cutey!

  10. Liz says:

    OMG so cute!!! I love love penguins a lot! Weird fact, I used to think penguins were as tall as humans. I was in my mid-20s when I first saw a live penguin in a zoo in Japan and I was so surprised at how small they were!

  11. Jennifer says:

    How beautiful! The beach & the penguins! I think my daughter would try to take one home with us!

    1. says:

      Hehe:) I wanted to take one too. But not a good idea because they bite. You can get only half a meter close to them.

  12. I’ve been to Cape Town. It was so much fun to see the cute penguins.

  13. Komang Ayu says:

    I think punguin exist only in a snowy place. animals are very cute, I want to bring home. but it will not be allowed. hehehehehehehe … very beautiful, I love to see your pictures.

  14. Amazing! The penguins are so cute and majestic! Did you know that the male and female penguins bow to each other?

  15. Paola says:

    Those penguins are so cute!!! I bet it has been so nice to see them by near!

  16. Andra says:

    These penguins look so cute! I have never seen them in their natural habit, but I bet it’s a pretty cool experience. And that Boulders Beach looks amazing!

  17. Boulders Beach looks stunning with those clear azure waters and those penguins are so adorable. And Foxy beach looks overloaded with cuteness we would definitely love to visit.

  18. Roberta says:

    Hahaha I didn’t except there to be so many! They are all so cute!! I’m hoping to go to Cape Town next summer, and I really hope I get to meet these adorable penguins.

  19. Sona Sethi says:

    I didn’t know once gets to see Penguins in Cape Town. This is unbelievable given the weather. It is a long due trip for me and I am very excited to visit the national parks and the beaches of South Africa!

  20. Oh so cute. i love penguins but never got a chance to see them for real not even in zoos and sealife. Penguins always remind me of Happy Feet.

  21. Ami says:

    ooh …those penguins are so cute. Do you get to get so close to them or was it just the zoom lens? Lovely pictures.

    1. says:

      Extremely cute. Tnx. I was half a meter close to some of them.

  22. Suanlee says:

    I cannot believe how many penguins there are! They’re soooo fluffy! Beautiful photographs, this is certainly a place to visit and enjoy wildlife and nature.

  23. Christina says:

    Penguins are so cute! We are also looking for more affordable ways to see them in the wild. Right now going to Antarctica is not an option for us. I didn’t realize South Africa is an option. Are they only there at certain times of the year?

  24. Therie says:

    Oh those penguins are too adorable! And Boulders Beach looks so pristine! Were you allowed to get close to the penguins and interact with them?

    1. says:

      Hello Therie,
      We can only get close but not touch because they can bite you.

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