Betty's Bay, Western Cape, South Africa

Penguins in Betty's Bay.

Betty's Bay is a quiet and tranquil seaside resort town, ideally located away from the hustle and bustle of modern city living. This is a great place for guests wanting to relax and do very little, while still enjoying the sea and sun. Betty's Bay is one of four towns making up the Hangklip-Kleinmond area.

This area boasts beautiful beaches, lovely mountain walks, penguins, some good wineries and the picturesque Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. Koggelberg Nature Reserve, through which the Palmiet River runs, is situated close by.

The remains of the Old Whaling Station, which was in operation from 1912 to 1930, can still be seen at Stony Point. In 1976, South Africa signed a treaty to ban whaling, so these massive mammals are making a comeback. Each year the area plays host to Southern Right and Humpback Whale, who migrate to the coastal waters to calve and nurse their young.

This affords guests the opportunity to enjoy unsurpassed Whale watching between May and December. Stony Point is known to be a local and tourist hotspot for land based Whale watching.

The Betty's Bay area is also renowned for being the home of one of only three breeding colonies on the mainland in South Africa. The African Penguin colony at Stone Point is a must see. There are only 2 land based breeding colony's in Africa for African Penguins. The best time to visit is late afternoon when the penguins have returned from their fishing expeditions, which can extend up to 20 kilometres a day.

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