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THE ROAD TO PENGUIN-VILLE

Boulders Beach Ecosphere - containing one of the world’s largest thriving colonies of African Penguins and stretches of pristine, protected white beaches - is fast being recognised as one of the places that the visitor to Cape Town cannot leave without experiencing. This is perhaps best illustrated by the fact that it is the second fastest tourism growth area in South Africa.

From Table Mountain to Cape Point – Cape Town has it all.  Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the shores of the “Mother City”.  Whether it has been through advertising or word of mouth, Cape Town has gained popularity amongst holidaymakers, adventure addicts, businessmen and women, as well as overseas property investors.
 
Many of the most sought-after attractions, including the penguins, are situated along the Cape Point Route, traditionally a day’s journey from Cape Town City Centre. Indeed, the “must see”, “must do” activities are along this great road trip, causing visitors dismay as they whiz past in a tour bus.
 
So for the active traveller who wants to go shark cage diving, snorkelling or canoeing; for the knowledgeable traveller who wants to visit historical monuments and museums; for the creative traveller who wants to see unique art and artists; and for nature enthusiasts who want to see flora, fauna and fabulous vistas - it is the road to penguin-ville on the Cape Point Route you need to explore.
 
With 24 beaches along the Route, each with its own unique characteristics and quaint villages– you can well imagine why cruising the coastlines is so popular.  The awe-inspiring views alone make it a fantastic journey…
 
Another great attraction is the migration of Southern Right Whales to False Bay every year. These spectacular creatures come close to shore during the spring breeding season (September).  One of the best viewing points is the terrace of The Southern Right Hotel in Glencairn. You are bound to see the playful cavorting of the whales in the bay and the distinguishing v-shape of the Southern Right whales blowhole, and if you are one of the lucky onlookers you may even see a full breach.
 
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is home to the penguins – the quirky, curious birds that have woven their magic through the old Naval Town and affected everyone with their spirit. The community is at once old-world and fiercely cosmopolitan, enriched by both the hip and the hippy.
 
Boulders Beach Lodge, is just a stones throw away from the entrance to the beach, and was built with passion by its owner. It has grown from a tourism accommodation establishment to the centre of a revitalising drive to conserve the beautiful nature of the home in which they find themselves. Old buildings, newly renovated, have been adapted to cater for hungry visitors, weary travellers, shoppers, niche conference groups and romantics wanting that “unforgettable” wedding.
 
Recently, they have committed themselves to environmental sustainability practices and to projects aimed at increasing visitor interest in the area, whilst raising funds to support work done by various conservation organisations. The most exciting event is the “Simon’s Town Penguin Festival”, an annual September fixture that sees Simon’s Town come alive for a few short days in a whirlwind of sound, texture and culture to celebrate equal rights for penguins!
 
So whether your choice is arty or earthy, adventurous or historic, natural or cosmopolitan, the road to Penguin-ville on the Cape Point Route will fit your bill perfectly. Let’s talk penguinese!
 
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If it is a get away you are after, why not stay at Boulders Beach Lodge: they have 12 double en-suite bedrooms decorated with a natural beach feel.  R395 per person includes bed & breakfast (R450 per night for single occupancy).
However, if you are on a day trip to penguin-ville, and in need of sustenance, stop at Penguin Point Restaurant for a light meal or a drink on the deck.
For more information, please call 021 786 1758 (country code+27). www.bouldersbeach.co.za
 
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