Day trip from Cape Town to Cape of Good Hope, to penguin colony and Seal Island

30 August 2012

The Cape Peninsula, part of Table Mountain National Park in South Africa, offers picturesque landscapes culminating in the beauty of Cape of Good Hope. The area can be reached with a short day excursion from Cape Town and is known also for the presence of colonies of African Penguins and Fur Seals, both easily accessible rom the main road.

Clifton Bay Cape Town
Cape Town photos. This Cape Town day tour begins traveling south along the Cape Peninsula and visiting Clifton and Camps bay with its large white sandy beaches.

 

Fur seals Hout bay
The tour to Cape Peninsula continues in Hout Bay, a sheltered cove that houses a small harbor where dozens of sea lions are resting along the pier. From Hout Bay, a number of boats departs every few minutes for a cruise to Seal Island, a place interesting for the presence of a huge number of sea lions that live piled on the rocks.

 

Fur seal Fur seals
Fur seal colony Fur seals colony
Colony of Fur seals Colony of Fur seal
Seal Island Seals island
Island of Seals Sea lions pictures. Seal Island consists of just a rock, where thousands of sea lions (in particular, Cape Fur seals) live. The boat trip from Hout Bay takes only a few minutes, and here you can appreciate a large number of fur seals huddled together over a very small space.

 

Hout Bay - South Africa
A photo of Hout Bay as seen from a lookout along the road that runs along Cape Peninsula.

 

Beach in South Africa Noordhoek beach
Noordhoek Along Cape Peninsula there are numerous beaches of fine white sand. This picture is from Noordhoek beach, now deserted because of the low temperatures and the winds that characterize South African's winters.

 

Cape of Good Hope
This Cape Peninsula day tour continues to Cape of Good Hope, sometimes erroneously considered the southernmost point in Africa (the actual southernmost point in South Africa is instead Cape Agulhas, about 150km to the east, where the Atlantic meets the Indian Ocean). For the beauty of the landscape and the presence of numerous animal and plants, some of which endemic, the region is protected and included in the Table Mountain National Park area.

 

Cape Peninsula vegetation
Vegetation at Cape of Good Hope The vegetation at Cape of Good Hope is composed mainly of low shrubs and herbaceous plants because, due to the strong and persistent winds, any trees would not have an easy life.

 

Cape Peninsula
Cape of Good Hope picture, seen from the path leading to Cape Point.

 

Point Cape South Africa Cape Point
The landscape around Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point is dominated by wind swept cliffs. To the south, there is only the immensity of the ocean, without any barrier up to Antarctica.




 

Cape Point photos. The trail ends at Cape Point with a beautiful ocean view.

 

Cape Peninsula in South Africa
More photos of Cape of Good Hope (left picture) and Cape Peninsula as seen from Cape Point (right picture).

 

Table Mountain National Park Cape Penguins
Along Cape Peninsula, not far from Cape of Good Hope and still inside Table Mountain National Park, there is a colony of African Penguin (or Cape Penguin - Spheniscus demersus).

 

African Penguin colony Colony of African penguin
Penguins pictures. This colony of African penguins live on Boulders Beach, not far from the houses.

 

Cape penguin
With its large granite boulders, Boulders Beach vaguely resembles some tropical beaches of the Seychelles Islands.

 

Sleeping penguin Penguin
Pictures of African penguin.

 

Penguin chick
Picture of a juvenile African penguin.

 

Boulders Beach Boulders Beach in South Africa
Some penguins coming out of the water after a fishing trip.






 

Cape penguin colony

 

South African penguin South Africa penguins
Penguin in South Africa South african penguin
South african penguins Photos of penguins from Boluders Beach in South Africa.

 

Mating penguins
Picture of mating penguins.

 

Guest house in Cape Town The Walden House
Where to stay in Cape Town? For an overnight stay in Cape Town I've chosen The Walden House, a cozy guest house not far from Cape Town city center.




The rich breakfast is served in a cozy dining room in the guest house.






 

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