By Vicky · Published Sep. 19th, 2022 · Updated Aug. 4th, 2023
The Stony Point Penguin Colony in Betty’s Bay is a wonderful place to see the penguins, with few tourists and beautiful coastline.
** The Boardwalk at Stony Point Penguin Colony is currently closed (August 2024) **
The walk to see the penguins at Stony Point starts from a car park in Betty’s Bay. It takes about 1hr20 to drive from central Cape Town, along Highway 2 and then the scenic R44. There are small signs for the penguins from the R44 along Porter Drive. There are several more small signs pointing the way to the penguins in Betty’s Bay.
Map of Stony Point Penguin Colony Walk
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- The Stony Point Penguin Colony entrance fee is R30/20 per adult/child and WildCards are not accepted.
- Opening hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm, with the last entrance at 4 pm.
- There’s a restaurant by the penguins, open 10 am to 5 pm every day.
- Make sure to take binoculars* if you want to distinguish all the different seabirds that live here.
- For other short walks nearby, stroll to Hangklip Lighthouse or wander in Harold Porter Botanic Gardens.
- For more nearby things to do, check out our guide to Kogelberg and Cape Hangklip area.
- For more walks in South Africa, see our South Africa Hiking Guide.
From the car park head right towards On the Edge Restaurant*. There’s also a toilet here if you need it. Head towards the ocean and you’ll already see plenty of penguins on the coastline and on the concrete ramp leading into the water. This ramp was part of the whaling station in Betty’s Bay that used to be here several decades ago before the area was turned into a refuge for African penguins.
On the right you’ll see the path leading to the entrance to Stony Point Nature Reserve and the penguin sanctuary. Entrance tickets cost R30/20 per adult/child and even though Cape Nature manage the reserve, WildCards are not accepted. Stony Point Penguin Colony is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm every day, with the last entrance at 4 pm.
Into Stony Point Penguin Colony
Once through the entrance booth, there’s a wooden boardwalk that leads a few hundred metres along the coastline. You’ll see many penguins both in the water on your left and in the low vegetation on your right. The birds fish in the water, but sleep on land in little burrows dug in the dirt.
Apart from penguins, also look out for the other bids. These include four different types of cormorants – the Crowned cormorant, the Cape cormorant, the Bank cormorant and the White-breasted cormorant. Make sure to take binoculars* if you want to distinguish between the four similar species.
There are several viewpoints and information boards along the walkway, and a viewpoint right at the far end. You can see the rocky coastline, the blue ocean and look back on the mountains of Kogelberg. There are loads of sea birds sitting on the rocks, and you can also see dassies sunbathing on the rocks with the penguins.
Once you’ve reached the far point, turn around and walk back the same way. The On the Edge Restaurant* by the car park is a nice place to have a drink or grab a bite to eat before continuing onwards.
Guidebooks to explore more of South Africa
For other short walks nearby, stroll to Hangklip Lighthouse or wander about in Harold Porter Botanic Gardens. For more nearby things to do, check out our guide to Kogelberg and Cape Hangklip area. Or, for many more walks in South Africa, see our South Africa Hiking Guide.
FAQS: Stony Point Penguin Colony
No dogs are allowed inside the penguin sanctuary because they disturb the penguins.
The entrance fee to the reserve is R30/20 per adult/child and WildCards are not accepted.