Stony Point Penguin Colony

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Activity Category: Animal Encounters, Nature Reserves, and Outdoor AdventureActivity Tags: Animal Sightings, Bird Watching, Nature Reserve, and Outdoor Activities

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  • Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to one of the largest successful breeding colonies of African Penguin in the world.
    Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

    Also present in the colony are three species of cormorant; the Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can be seen on the surrounding rocks.

    The colony lies on the site of the old Waaygat Whaling Station, which was used to harvest and process whale meat in the early to mid 1900s. Remnants of the machinery and infrastructure for this long-defunct industry can still be found at the site.

    There is also a community restaurant adjacent to Stony Point, which sells refreshments and food during the day.

    Notes on Accessibility:

    There is clear signage indicating parking for disabled guests, with bays available and a ramp leading from the parking area to the reserve. The section between the parking and the beginning of the reserve is not smooth, but once entering the reserve, a boardwalk runs all the way through to a viewing deck. There is a wheelchair accessible bathroom with grab rails, and the restaurant entrance is level.

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  • Wheelchair Features:
    • Parking - Disabled (3500 mm)
    • Entrance - Ramp (1:3)
    • Bathroom - Accessible (1700 mm x 1600 mm)
    • Accessible Outdoor Area
  • Kids Features: Ramps for Strollers