Our next stop after lunch was Boulders and its colony of African penguins!
When I first heard about penguins in Africa, I couldn’t believe it - but here they were! There’s about 3000 of them today in Boulders, up from only two pairs in 1982 but those numbers are very deceptive since their total population dwindled in the last hundred years – it went down from an estimated 1.5 million in 1910 to only about 10% of that today, making the African penguin a ‘vulnerable’ species (according to the ‘Red Data Book’ – please don’t ask me what that means in detail, I’m only quoting the brochure!).
You wouldn’t think so when you go to Boulders though – there’s lots and lots of the little fellows on the beach and some even go for a walk around town! So if you ever come to Boulders, drive carefully, those ‘Penguin Crossing’ signs are there for a reason!
Boulders is part of the Cape Peninsula National Park and in order to see the penguins on the beach you have to go to one of the two boardwalks, which are accessible from the visitor center. And if you’re lucky, you might meet one of them up close and personal …