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Meet the Penguins of the Western Cape

by Sandy Salle on April 24, 2014

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Guest article from Britt Urbach, Hills of Africa Travel’s Marketing Director

To the surprise of many, penguins reside in the Western Cape of South Africa. It’s true! They’re not just found in cold places. Visitors on a trip to South Africa can visit a variety of different penguin colonies all across the coast. The closest one to Cape Town city center is Boulders Beach and is just a short drive away. If you are driving along the coast, though you can consider visiting one of the other colonies as they are usually less crowded than the popular Boulders.

My personal favorite penguin colony is Stony Point at Betty’s Bay. This is a wonderful place to stop if you are driving to Hermanus or Gansbaai and is usually not corded. It costs only USD$1 for visitors to access.

Upon arrival at Stony Point, visitors can walk along the wooden walkway to view hundreds upon hundreds of penguins and gorgeous, sweeping oceanside views.

Some of the penguins are so close you can even touch them–but don’t!! They have powerful jaws that can bite a finger off . . . And no one wants have an accident with a penguin on their African safari vacation, so please keep your hands away from the little guys.

As you stand on the walkway, looking out at the penguins, you’ll notice some jumping in and out of the water, lounging in the sun, and snuggling up with others.

See below for some of the pictures from my recent trip to South Africa:

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5 Common Myths About African Family Safaris

April 22, 2014
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TweetImage to the left photographed by Olwen Evans There are hundreds upon hundreds of great family-friendly destinations around the world; why choose Africa for your next family vacation? There are bugs, diseases, and there are just not enough things for the entire family to enjoy, right? WRONG! Africa is by far one of the top […]

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April 17, 2014
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TweetImage to the left of Cape Grace Hotel Continuously voted number one city in the world by notable travel magazines and organizations, Cape Town is a must-visit destination for families looking to get a refreshing jolt of vibrant culture, adventure, fantastic cuisine, history, and so much more. Below are 5 of our favorite, accommodations in Cape […]

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Zimbabwean Treats from My Childhood

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How Leisure Travel Can Increase Happiness & Productivity at Work

April 10, 2014
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TweetDid you know that statistically speaking, Americans who take more than two weeks of vacation per year and enjoy leisure travel, experience greater productivity at work? Just ask Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association, who was recently interviewed by Travel Market Report for their article on Roger Dow Q & A: […]

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Getting Up Close & Personal with Elephants

April 8, 2014
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TweetGuest article by Amy Green, Hills of Africa Travel’s Director of Client Services Image to the left of Amy touching an elephant at the Bayete Zulu Game Reserve I recently returned from leading a group in South Africa of 14 girls, one boy, and two chaperones from Berwick Academy, an independent country day school based in […]

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7 Secrets to a Stress-Free Trip to Africa

April 3, 2014
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TweetAs I’ve always said, a trip to Africa is the journey of a lifetime. Since you’ll be taking a 16-hour flight to get there, you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your trip. But, when unanticipated stress starts to creep up, it can turn a dream vacation halfway across the globe […]

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April 1, 2014
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TweetGuest article by Marcia Sandry, Hills of Africa Travel’s Chief Concierge Officer I always enjoy telling people that I’m on the Hills of Africa Travel team and that we plan life-changing African safari vacations for discerning travelers. People get all excited and some tell me Africa is on their bucket list and it has been a lifelong […]

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Top 3 Ways to Explore the Culture and History of Rwanda

March 27, 2014
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TweetAs one of the few countries in the world home to the elusive mountain gorilla, Rwanda has been beckoning adventurists and nature-lovers to its lush, rolling terrain for years. But what many travelers don’t realize about Rwanda is that it’s also a fantastic destination to explore unique and vibrant cultures as well as a haunting […]

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Did You Know that Safari Guides Have a Sixth Sense?

March 25, 2014
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TweetImage to the left of Time, our safari guide at Singita Pamushana! I’m pretty sure safari guides have an extra sense in addition to the normal 5 ones that we have! And that sense would be the ability to sense the presence of even the tiniest creature in the vicinity. Although I’ve been on countless African […]

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