Water pounded the shoreline of South Africa at the Cape of Good Hope, a dangerous place for ancient sailors to round the tip of the continent. From our rocky sea-ward vantage point in Table Mountain National Park on the southwestern coast of Africa, we marveled as two oceans swirled together—the calm Indian Ocean and rough Atlantic—in frothing white waves. But then we drove to another part of the park, a sheltered cove between Simons Town and Cape Point—arriving at Boulders, home of a thriving colony of African Penguins.African Penguins, a species found nowhere else in the world. The flightless birds have thrived here, wandering around the area freely and nesting in simple burrows in the sand or under bushes. The sea and beach provide a natural sanctuary for the fast-swimming, deep-diving penguins, while large granite boulders on the beach offer shade and shelter.
Foxy Beach in Boulders Bay. As soon as you hear their distinctive donkey-like shrieks you’ll understand why these birds were once called “jackass penguins.”
Only four in 1982! Wow, what a comeback. That's great. Thanks for writing about this. I had heard about the place where the two oceans come together but have never seen it. How fortunate you are to have traveled to South Africa!
It was great to see them wandering around Robben Island, as well!
I saw penguins in New Zealand and near Cape Horn; I never thought about them being in Africa.
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