The International Writers Magazine: Vacations in South Africa
ROAD TO PENGUIN-VILLE
Beach Ecosphere - containing one of the worlds 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 days 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
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 Simons 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
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 Simons Town
Penguin Festival, an annual September fixture that sees Simons
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. Lets talk penguinese!
QUICK FACT FILE:
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
For more information, please call 021 786 1758 (country code+27). www.bouldersbeach.co.za
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