African Jackass Penguin Colony in Simon's town

Simon's Town Travel Blog

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A jackass penguin enjoying the sun

Simon’s town is a beautifyl little town that has the olden Victorian houses along the sea side. What caught my attention down there was how clean and trim it was. I loved the little restaurants and coffee shops. I was fascinated by what I saw once we stopped at the tourist shop/ coffee shop by the sea side. Simon's Town is a maritime naval town and home to the African Jackass penguin colony at Boulders Beach where humans and penguins share the sand and the sea. Jackass Penguins are the only species of penguin that colonise on the African continent. The penguins are not afraid of people and go about the beaches like proud owners, they do not like being touched though. The Cape Peninsula National park is responsible for protecting the privacy of the penguins due to increased tourist activity in Simon’s town.

Having coffee by the seaside
The penguin colony in Simon’s town are a source of tourist attraction. Simon’s town is a small town one of only three or four sea-side towns in South Africa that are north-facing, and Simon’s Bay is also sheltered from the strong north-west winter winds by the Cape Peninsula mountain chain on its northern and western aspects. It is a great location for the jackass African penguins. Jackass Penguins are the only species of penguin that survive and breed successfully on the African continent.

I noticed with interest that Simon’s town has many restaurants and coffee shops. Because of the time of year we traveled I noticed the temperature difference coming from Cape Town, it seemed much warmer in this small town.

The town beautifully reveals it’s Victorian and Cape Dutch houses as a seaside town. The restaurants and coffee shops are lined on the Main streets and along the Quayside Waterfront/ harbor with such inviting views. It was so nice sitting by the waterfront and watching the penguins play hide-go -seek. The town was named after the governor of the Cape Colony, Simon Van der Stel - upon whose recommendation the Bay was used by the Dutch East India Company for winter anchorage.

Something of interest if you plan on visiting Simon’s town is the Mineral World located right at the edge of the town. If you are a gem shopper or lover, this is a haven for gem stones. Don bought me a necklace made of my birth stone. One of the most popular tourist attraction is the scratching for your favorite gem and experience mining minerals first hand. Awesome experience!

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A jackass penguin enjoying the sun
A jackass penguin enjoying the sun
Having coffee by the seaside
Having coffee by the seaside
Don ended up  buying a penguin sou…
Don ended up buying a penguin so…
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