The feathery residents of Boulders Beach have been attracting visitors from around the world, for decade. And it is no wonder why. Penguins in Africa sounds like it should be a hoax.
The journey before the destination
We drive along the coast towards Simon’s Town, the scenery is spectacular and the sense of wonder fills the air as we pass by. Our destination is about an hours’ drive, with a stop in Kalk Bay to stretch those legs. Our tour drivers prefer the oceanic view, as this is the best route for a coastal experience.
We have arrived!
We arrive at the beach and the excitement fills the air. Follow the boardwalk through the shrubby vegetation and see who will spot the first penguin of the day. Expect to see these amazing animals up close and personal. The African penguin was initially named the Jackass penguin. It got this name because of its call. It’s a lovely loud sound that closely resembles a donkey braying. Please note that you should not touch or irritate the penguins, as their beaks are sharp and they are still wild animals.
The beach itself is secluded and hosts visitors from all over the world. The beach has calm waters and is known as an excellent spot to cool down when the South African summer sun shines onto your skin. Please make sure your sunscreen is packed, your skin is delicate and should be protected from the sun rays. Even South Africans can still walk away from a day at the beach with sun burn or sun stroke. Cloudy days can be especially dangerous for sun stroke, so please lather up no matter what the weather looks like.
Just before we go
Take in your fill of time with the penguins. These quirky animals may be slow on the beach, but they sure can propel through the water at quite a speed. We can’t leave without taking a final look at the beautiful town of Simons’ Town. Warren knows the best places to grab lunch where you will be delighted with a spectacular view and amazing food.
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Before we arrive
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a little slice of natural paradise that lies at the heart of Cape Town’s southern suburbs. Join Warren Marks Day Tours so that you and your travelling party will be introduced to the gardens in a personal way.
The Gardens is a short drive away, and as we reach the slopes of the mountain, you will be amazed at how breathtaking the scenery is. Kristenbosch is situated on an estate of 528 Hectares, and is home to a wide range of indigenous South African plants.
We have arrived
At the entrance we meet up with an old friend of Warrens’. He is considered an expert on the Kristenbosch grounds and he will tell you and your circle stories about the Kristenbosch grounds and why it has become such a famous landmark to visit in Cape Town.
Kristenbosch is massive in size, which means we need to cover as much ground as we can to be able to see every nook and cranny. We know the best spots for photo opportunities.
Kristenbosch Botanic Gardens is known for its fauna and flora. The plant species found here are native to the area. Warren loves standing on the canopy walkway, the “Boomslang” (named after a native tree snake that the Dutch settlers used to let their children play with). This is an amazing viewpoint where you can view the garden grounds and surrounding Cape Town from a birds eye view.
The garden consists of many different plant species, from trees to shrubs to plants, many of which can be used for traditional medicines.
We can’t forget about the wildlife roaming the garden, and if you are lucky, you might spot some. The more curious critters such as butterflies and birds of all shapes and sizes can be seen all around the garden grounds.
Before we leave
Warren loves Moyo, a unique African inspired restaurant. Moyo embodies Africa’s finest urban cuisines, with diverse dining options, bringing the African cuisine to you, helping to create beautiful, flavorful memories of your time in Africa.
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