The penguins at Boulders Beach
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As we continued through the southern suburbs of Cape Town the houses got bigger and the people on the street paler. This is the richest area in Cape Town and even though apartheid is long gone you'd still be hard pressed to find a black person here.
When we reached Simon's Town our (black) guide jokingly explained that this is the safest area on all the Cape peninsula. Crime does not exist here. Well, that may be true considering the fact that the population in Simon's Town seems to be predominantly white and 65+, and the community is rich enough to fund a private police force. Not sure if I agree with their method of keeping their town 'safe' though. For some reason this place invoked the feeling of that town in the film Hot Fuzz to me.
Anyway, we weren't here for the town. The main attraction of Simon's Town is nearby Boulders Beach, a beautiful white beach with turquoise waters and a colony of African penguins.
This species of penguin is the only one that can be found on the African continent, and for that reason local conservationists are keen to keep them here (that and the fact that the animals provide a nice source of income for the town).
At the colony there are two walkways from which you can observe the penguins in their habitat. My image of a penguin habitat is one of snow with lots of towering icebergs in the background. Somehow something doesn't seem right with the picture of these birds nesting in between green trees.
Boulders Beach is a nice area to stroll for half an hour. The surroundings are nothing short of stunning and the clumsy behaviour of penguins on land make them very entertaining viewing.