Stony Point Nature Reserve
Stony Point Nature Reserve
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  • GeneralShamu
    New York City, New York1,058 contributions
    Penguin Visit
    Great place to visit along the garden route even if you already saw Boulder's Beach near Cape Town. Plenty of penguins and educational materials but far fewer tourists. Restrooms located by the restaurants/shops near the parking lot. Total time needed is 1 hour.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 17 December 2022
  • Islandgirl
    Dublin, Ireland61 contributions
    Up close with an endangered species
    A rare chance to see an endangered species up close. Around 90% of the African Penguin population has already been lost, so your gate fees will help protect the remaining small colonies. Also a great way to see four different Cormorant species on their nests. Added to that, a beautiful rocky coastline with a view of mountains. Stick around on the coastal path nearby to watch the penguins return to their burrows at sunset.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 19 January 2023
  • Yorkshire Lad - The Original
    York, United Kingdom1,611 contributions
    A hundred squillion, million, trillion times better than Philip Island
    Once bitten by a penguin twice shy? No way. Despite having experienced a controlled bun fight of a Penguin experience down in Aus, I was keen to see if the African experience was any better. And yes dear readers it was. 100% per cent to quote the cool kids. Stony Point offers visiters so much more that the commercialised Philip Island operation. First up, there are NOT hundreds of people there. It is a small area with coast walk to the left and 500m board walk to the right. More penguins than you can shake a stick at, you get up close and personal without impacting on the environment of these lovely little creatures. Stunning views over the bay and with waves crashing over the rocks. This was a wonderful trip and a place that should be on your bucket list.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 23 January 2023
  • Rob O
    139 contributions
    More natural and peaceful place to see penguins
    A great place to see the penguins in a more natural and less busy environment. A nice journey out from Cape Town, or stay nearby. There's plenty of good accomodation. Penguins can be seen from the car park, or pay the small fee to walk along the route with nests next to the path and even penguins underneath the rises sections. There are also lizzards, hyrax, nd other interesting birds such as several cormorant species. There a nice visitor centre with a great cafe.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Kathy K
    996 contributions
    Walkway closed when we were there, but plenty of penguins roaming freely to view
    Nice walk on your own along the beautiful coastline to view penguins and other shore birds. We much preferred this to the tourist attraction near Simons town several years ago. There is reportedly a very small charge when the walkway is open. For some reason it was closed when we were there but it didn’t impact our experience one bit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Philip_Bolster
    Groningen, The Netherlands884 contributions
    Probably best place for watching penguins
    Just follow the signs to the Penguins, not to the Main Beach. I prefer this place instead of Boulders Beach for watching penguins. There are fewer people, it is easy to park here and you come very close to the animals. Furthermore much cheaper. Before you leave please ensure there is no penguin hiding under your car.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
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Tony B
Wokingham, UK1,905 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
We were told that the boardwalk was open but alas it’s not. You can still see the penguins here (for free) but with the boardwalk closed, you can’t get super close to them.
Written 12 November 2023
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Traveller W
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
The place is closed „until further notice“. The boardwalk needs to be renovated. There is not alternative way to get to the rocks where the colony is located. We did a long car ride with the kids to get there but there where only few Pinguins at the ramp of the harbor. There is no notice at the website that the place is closed.
Written 20 October 2023
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Philip_Bolster
Groningen, The Netherlands884 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Just follow the signs to the Penguins, not to the Main Beach. I prefer this place instead of Boulders Beach for watching penguins. There are fewer people, it is easy to park here and you come very close to the animals. Furthermore much cheaper. Before you leave please ensure there is no penguin hiding under your car.
Written 11 October 2023
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Kathy K
loomis ca996 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Nice walk on your own along the beautiful coastline to view penguins and other shore birds. We much preferred this to the tourist attraction near Simons town several years ago. There is reportedly a very small charge when the walkway is open. For some reason it was closed when we were there but it didn’t impact our experience one bit.
Written 29 September 2023
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Rob O
139 contributions
Aug 2022
A great place to see the penguins in a more natural and less busy environment. A nice journey out from Cape Town, or stay nearby. There's plenty of good accomodation. Penguins can be seen from the car park, or pay the small fee to walk along the route with nests next to the path and even penguins underneath the rises sections. There are also lizzards, hyrax, nd other interesting birds such as several cormorant species. There a nice visitor centre with a great cafe.
Written 11 May 2023
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Zed M
13 contributions
Dec 2022
This is the place to see penguins. Here, you can learn more about wild penguins. You can also see dassies and wild birds.
Written 21 February 2023
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chocolat61
Zurich133 contributions
Feb 2023 • Couples
Best Penguin encounter ever, and I have seen a few. Even after the gate had closed, we could enjoy many different areas where the penguins were up close, coming out of the water, sitting on their nests. Hundreds.
Absolutely worth the drive and the scenic drive to Cape town makes it also worth while. Highly recommended.
Written 19 February 2023
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Yorkshire Lad - The Original
York, UK1,611 contributions
Jan 2023
Once bitten by a penguin twice shy? No way. Despite having experienced a controlled bun fight of a Penguin experience down in Aus, I was keen to see if the African experience was any better. And yes dear readers it was. 100% per cent to quote the cool kids.

Stony Point offers visiters so much more that the commercialised Philip Island operation. First up, there are NOT hundreds of people there. It is a small area with coast walk to the left and 500m board walk to the right. More penguins than you can shake a stick at, you get up close and personal without impacting on the environment of these lovely little creatures. Stunning views over the bay and with waves crashing over the rocks. This was a wonderful trip and a place that should be on your bucket list.
Written 24 January 2023
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Islandgirl
Dublin, Ireland61 contributions
Jan 2023
A rare chance to see an endangered species up close. Around 90% of the African Penguin population has already been lost, so your gate fees will help protect the remaining small colonies. Also a great way to see four different Cormorant species on their nests. Added to that, a beautiful rocky coastline with a view of mountains. Stick around on the coastal path nearby to watch the penguins return to their burrows at sunset.
Written 19 January 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,058 contributions
Nov 2022
Great place to visit along the garden route even if you already saw Boulder's Beach near Cape Town. Plenty of penguins and educational materials but far fewer tourists. Restrooms located by the restaurants/shops near the parking lot. Total time needed is 1 hour.
Written 17 December 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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