Yes, you read that right. Penguins in South Africa. Interestingly enough, there are no penguins that live in the vicinity of the Southernmost Tip of Africa that I heard about. These live about an hour SouthEast of Cape Town.
One funny thing to note about the drive down – and I’m sorry I don’t have a picture to show you. We drove across a peninsula and over some mountains to get to Boulders Beach. Along the route, we saw signs warning us about baboons on the road. Sadly, we didn’t see any, though it was surrealistic to see the sign.
The African Penguin, also known as the Jackass Penguin (in South America – they live there as well), are found in profusion in this small beach. The wildlife services folks created a boardwalk down to and along the beach to allow for viewing of the penguins but prevent damage to their habitat and to protect the penguins. We were right in the middle of their breeding season and we so got to see tons of penguins in their nests which they dig in the sand. Incidentally, the name Jackass Penguin was given because of their cry, which does indeed resemble a donkey’s braying.
Here are some pictures of the penguins on the beach.
And this is obviously not a penguin, but I saw this beautiful Bird of Paradise flower in the sun and had to capture it.
Here are a couple of links to some videos I took of the penguins. Be warned, it was very windy and the videos aren’t very steady. Take some Dramamine before you watch.