Dive with penguins in Africa
Boulders Beach in South Africa attracts 60,000 visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why. A colony of more than 2,000 African penguins live among the rocks, and they’re some of the country’s most charismatic holiday companions.
Also known as jackass penguins, they’re a loud and boisterous species that make a distinctive braying noise to attract a mate and reach just 70 centimetres (27.6 inches) in height. They spend most of their time at the seaside, except in September and October, when they’re out in the water looking for fish.
Jackass penguins are the only penguin species found in Africa and are surprisingly well adapted to the sunny weather. The pink spots above their eyes work like mini radiators, helping to keep them cool by directing blood to the surface of their skin.
The protected beaches are open to families, so you can take the kids down to the boulders and into the sea. You might be lucky enough to see penguins on the ground, but if not then dedicated boardwalks should help you to spot them from above. Each bird has a wing pattern as unique as our fingerprints, so be sure to look out for your favourites if you return to the beach.