Stony Point Nature Reserve
Stony Point Nature Reserve
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  • Kathy K
    973 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walkway closed when we were there, but plenty of penguins roaming freely to view
    Nice walk on your own along the beautiful coastline to view penguins and other shore birds. We much preferred this to the tourist attraction near Simons town several years ago. There is reportedly a very small charge when the walkway is open. For some reason it was closed when we were there but it didn’t impact our experience one bit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Philip_Bolster
    Groningen, The Netherlands935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Probably best place for watching penguins
    Just follow the signs to the Penguins, not to the Main Beach. I prefer this place instead of Boulders Beach for watching penguins. There are fewer people, it is easy to park here and you come very close to the animals. Furthermore much cheaper. Before you leave please ensure there is no penguin hiding under your car.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Orcbait
    Vancouver, Canada80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    This March was our first trip to South Africa, and we were lucky enough to visit the Stony Point penguin colony after also having seen the Penguins at Boulder’s Beach near the Cape. For us, the Stony Point experience was 100% superior - way more penguins, all looking pretty fat & sassy, not bedraggled, lively & interacting, no crowds, and the beautiful, wind-swept environs of Betty’s Bay. I’d highly recommend this, as well as the incredible coastal route to get there (beautiful, and totally safe), if you’re anywhere in the vicinity.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 March 2024
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Islandgirl
Dublin, Ireland72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A rare chance to see an endangered species up close. Around 90% of the African Penguin population has already been lost, so your gate fees will help protect the remaining small colonies. Also a great way to see four different Cormorant species on their nests. Added to that, a beautiful rocky coastline with a view of mountains. Stick around on the coastal path nearby to watch the penguins return to their burrows at sunset.
Written 19 January 2023
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Buggsi
Teignmouth, UK127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
If we are in Cape Town we make sure we visit the penguins at Stony Point as they never disappoint. We haven’t been for a few years and were looking forward to checking in with the residents when we were in the area in March. It would appear that the conservation efforts are working really well, the colony has extended its range to include areas of the beach and foreshore and penguin numbers are definitely increasing. The dassies, oyster catchers, geese and cormorants also appear to be living a good life and making the most of this lovely area. Well worth the scenic drive from the city and great value for money.
Written 1 May 2022
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Traveling One
Greenville, SC860 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We went here and to the ones at Boulders and this is a much better experience! First, you can see the penguins without even paying.. as there were 3 different groups of them before the boardwalk entrance. However to go on the boardwalk it was only R25 per a person… so less than $2 a person to see penguins up close, whereas Boulders is R340 which is around $23. Needless to say, we went on the boardwalk and was not disappointed! Tons of penguins right up on the boardwalk as well as other wildlife. We saw tons of black birds nesting (unclear what these were?) and sea lions (sadly I found out later sea lions kill penguins :()
At the boardwalk entrance you can find tons of dassies! We saw lots of babies and they were very entertaining to watch. Was also entertaining to see dassies and penguins interacting.

Overall I highly recommend this ! We very much enjoyed this one over boulders! Not as many people and much larger groups of penguins.
Written 20 October 2021
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Rob O
Kenilworth, UK160 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A great place to see the penguins in a more natural and less busy environment. A nice journey out from Cape Town, or stay nearby. There's plenty of good accomodation. Penguins can be seen from the car park, or pay the small fee to walk along the route with nests next to the path and even penguins underneath the rises sections. There are also lizzards, hyrax, nd other interesting birds such as several cormorant species. There a nice visitor centre with a great cafe.
Written 11 May 2023
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Bronia W
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Friends
Such an awesome place watching those little penguins, wether they’re lying in the sun, playing or swimming. They are very cute. It’s a very successful and one of the largest breeding colonies in the world and definitely a must see
Written 27 November 2020
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Kathy K
loomis ca973 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Nice walk on your own along the beautiful coastline to view penguins and other shore birds. We much preferred this to the tourist attraction near Simons town several years ago. There is reportedly a very small charge when the walkway is open. For some reason it was closed when we were there but it didn’t impact our experience one bit.
Written 29 September 2023
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Eleta N
Hartlepool, United Kingdom13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Stayed in Betty’s bay and visiting stony point African penguin colony many times. It’s great to see the penguins I their natural environment. Educational learning about their habitat and breeding. Got to se quite a few nesting boxes containing eggs a we walked the route along stony point. The views of the southern Atlantic Ocean and mountains topped off our visits to see the penguin colony.
Written 9 February 2020
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Ben G
Lubanzi Village, South Africa58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First time we've been to Stony Point since 2018 and it's extraordinary how much the penguins are expanding... their nests surround the parking lot and there were 100s up and down the beach. I hope this reflects the health of this population. No doubt it reflects the tremendous efforts of all involved in their conservation. Definitely worth the trip, to learn about these wonderful birds, and support the work being done with them.
Written 5 October 2021
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1 642 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Once bitten by a penguin twice shy? No way. Despite having experienced a controlled bun fight of a Penguin experience down in Aus, I was keen to see if the African experience was any better. And yes dear readers it was. 100% per cent to quote the cool kids.

Stony Point offers visiters so much more that the commercialised Philip Island operation. First up, there are NOT hundreds of people there. It is a small area with coast walk to the left and 500m board walk to the right. More penguins than you can shake a stick at, you get up close and personal without impacting on the environment of these lovely little creatures. Stunning views over the bay and with waves crashing over the rocks. This was a wonderful trip and a place that should be on your bucket list.
Written 24 January 2023
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Orcbait
Vancouver, Canada80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This March was our first trip to South Africa, and we were lucky enough to visit the Stony Point penguin colony after also having seen the Penguins at Boulder’s Beach near the Cape. For us, the Stony Point experience was 100% superior - way more penguins, all looking pretty fat & sassy, not bedraggled, lively & interacting, no crowds, and the beautiful, wind-swept environs of Betty’s Bay. I’d highly recommend this, as well as the incredible coastal route to get there (beautiful, and totally safe), if you’re anywhere in the vicinity.
Written 23 March 2024
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