There is an easy way to go from Cape Town and from Muizenberg to Simon’s Town. You can get there by train. Using the Southern Rail Line Route, you’ll travel along the coast which is very beautiful. Of course, reading the safety instructions on the train website will probably put a lot of tourists off. Just remember that these instructions apply to any place in South Africa. Be careful and your travel will be very enjoyable.
One or two words about Simon’s Town. As usual, it was named after a former Dutch governor, Simon van der Stel who arrived in the colony in 1679 and decided that False Bay would be a much safer alternative to the Cape Bay during winter. Its Afrikaans name is Simonstadt. For the past two centuries, it has been an important naval base, first for the Royal Navy and then for the South African Navy as early as 1922.
There is a “Historical Mile” just like in Muizenberg but we were in a hurry and we were famished. We stopped at the Seaforth Restaurant mainly because it has a very convenient outside deck which overhangs the sea and offers a beautiful view of the False Bay mountains. And… the icing on the cake… there they were, my first penguins... Just don't forget to turn onto "Gay Road".
Those penguins are rather small and far less good-looking than their Antartic counterparts, the Emperor Penguins. Probably because they do not belong to the same species. The Emperor Penguins are Spheniscidae (and are called “Manchots” in French) while the African Penguins are Alcidae. They used to be nicknamed “Jackass” penguins because they are rather noisy and kind of bray, a lot like donkeys even when they are young, believe me.
In October when we were in Boulders, it was moulting season which is not really the best time to watch them. Someone said that they look sad and depressed… How would you feel if you were to loose your feathers and worse if you were fasting for two months? Because this is what moulting is all about, starvation. Penguins do not swim out to the open sea to feed while they are moulting.
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