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Stony Point Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 2450 Google reviews

A penguin standing on a rock
A penguin standing on a rock

About the garden

Located in the quaint coastal town of Betty’s Bay in the Overberg, the Stony Point Nature Reserve is home to a unique colony of African Penguins. Stony Point offers the public the chance to see these wonderful flightless birds up close, via the boardwalk through the colony, which allows the public to observe the penguins go about their daily activities in their natural habitat, without disturbing or disrupting them.

Also present in the colony are three species of cormorant; the Crowned cormorant, Cape cormorant and Bank cormorant, all of which breed on the outer rocks. There are also Hartlaub’s Gulls and Kelp Gulls which forage in the colony, while the Rock Hyrax, more commonly known as the Dassie, can be seen on the surrounding rocks.

The colony lies on the site of the old Waaygat Whaling Station, which was used to harvest and process whale meat in the early to mid-1900s. Remnants of the machinery and infrastructure for this long-defunct industry can still be found at the site.

There is also a community restaurant adjacent to Stony Point, which sells refreshments and food during the day.

Opening times

08h00 to 16h30 (last permits issued at 16:00, gates close at 16:30 sharp)

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Overberg District Municipality, 7141

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 2450 Google reviews

Evans Angel

4 months ago


Once in Betty's Bay, make a turn to Stoney Point and watch these lovely penguins. Depending on the time of the year, you may see them moulting and then, they look very fluffy. Don't worry it's just a natural process of hibernation. There is a restaurant, bathroom and a half kilometer walkway path further along the edge of the ocean. You can also get to spot some Rock Daisies too! Just remember entrance fees is R25 per person.

Shannon-Leigh Lamont

5 months ago


While walking along a boardwalk, you can look at the penguin colony. There are information boards up as well so be sure to have a little read. Once you get to the end of the boardwalk, there is an amazing view of the ocean to take in. If you're lucky , the waves are crashing into the rocks. It makes for a spectacular scene.

Retief de Villiers

6 months ago


Stunning sea and mountain views and you get very close to a large colony of African Penguins. It can be quite windy, so dress warm, even in summer

Denver Daniels

3 months ago


Enjoyed the times spent at Stoney Point. Wonderful to see so many penguins. Kids really enjoyed the trip out to Betty's Bay

Melanie Leo

5 months ago


Great place too take your kids with out paying too see the penguins. They walk up to the gate,where you pay too go in. So if you don't have money just stand before the gate your kids can still see them.

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