STONY POINT NATURE RESERVE
STONY POINT NATURE CONSERVATION
The Stony Point Nature Reserve conservation efforts are aimed at protecting the endangered and beloved marine life species residing within the reserve. This unique mainland seabird breeding colony is home to three endangered seabird species and one rarity. The African Penguin colony is the focus point of the conservation efforts.
Did you know that the African Penguin made its way from declining off-shore island colonies to this rocky mainland location in 1982? With the help of various conservation efforts and initiatives, the Stony Point Nature Reserve currently supports the largest penguin colony in the Western Cape with over 2 000 seasoned breeding pairs predominately residing at the rocky outcrops of Beacon Bay in Stony Point.
In addition to Stony Point’s thriving African Penguin colony, the Cape cormorant population is progressively increasing in size due to the symbiotic foraging relationship they share with the deep diving penguin and other neighbourly marine predators. Finally, the rarity at the Stony Point Nature Reserve, the Crowned cormorant, pairing numbers are also increasing due to various conservation initiatives. These majestic ocean beings also predominate the rocky out crops of Beacon Bay.
HOW TO GET TO THERE
- GPS co-ordinates: 34 37 14.21 S, 18 89 32.65 E
Stony Point is located a 60 -90-minute drive from Cape Town. From Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before you reach Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right onto Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left onto the R44 (Clarence Drive) and continue to follow the road along the coast past Rooi Els and Pringle Bay. When you see the first sign indicating Betty’s Bay, turn right onto Porter Road. Follow Porter Road for approximately 2.5km, then turn right into Crassula Avenue. When you reach a four way stop 600m down Crassula Avenue, turn right onto Disa Road and follow the signs to Stony Point, which will be on your left-hand side.
|Adults||R25 (Wild Card not accepted)|
|Children||R15 (Wild Card not accepted)|
- Walking Stick friendly
- Wheelchair friendly
- Location: Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Region, Western Cape
- Operating hours: 08:00 – 16:30 (last permits issued at 16:00, gates close at 16:30 sharp)
- Reserve office phone number: 087 087 3001
- Emergency number: 082 453 0835 (Answering machine will refer to officer on duty)
- Cellphone reception: Yes