Cape Town’s penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is justifiably one of our city’s biggest drawcards, but finding a viewing spot among the throngs of tourists at Boulder’s is usually quite a challenge. So, we suggest taking a leisurely kayak ride where you get to penguin-spot from the comfort of your own dugout and see other marine life while you’re at it.
And if you thought kayaking was only for fair weather, guess again! Although summer means hot days and warmer water, it also brings more wind. So winter may be cooler, but it offers many calm and beautiful days, with no southeaster, plus a chance of whale spotting!
The sturdy double kayaks are easy to control and no previous rowing experience is necessary. All you really need is a sense of adventure (though physical stamina is good too) as you kayak through the beautiful False Bay waters.
Kayak Cape Town offers three options:
1. The Penguin Trip (short)
This tour starts at the Simon’s Town Waterfront, goes past the Naval Harbour and out to Boulder’s Beach to visit the resident penguin colony. If the timing and tide is right, you can stop for a snack (not included) and swim at the beach and get a closer look at the penguins.
Where & when Simon’s Town Waterfront, Wharf Street, daily (weather permitting). First summer departure time is 8.30am, whereas in winter is 9.00am.
How long? 2 hours
Cost R300 (equipment and drinking water included)
2. Cape Point Trip (long)
This trip is very much dependent on suitable weather so it helps if your schedule is somewhat flexible. Kayaks depart from one of Cape Point’s beaches and depending on the time and conditions, curl around to the Cape of Good Hope and then back to the starting point.
Where & when Cape Point. Weekdays (normally) from 8.30am
How long? 4 – 6 hours
Cost R950 (book in advance)
3. Full Moon Rising Paddle Trip (short)
These rare trips only happen once a month when moonrise coincides with sunset. Paddle out to sea from the harbour and watch the full moon rise above the bay, as the majestic Hottentots Holland mountains loom in the distance.
Where & when Simon’s Town Waterfront, Wharf Street. One day per month from April to October only.
How long? 2 hours
Contact 082 501 8930, firstname.lastname@example.org.