The South African coastline is worldly known for its annual guests that visits the shoreline every year from July to December, the Southern Right Whales. About 3000 to 4000 whales visits our shoreline yearly a number that has improved amazingly after the British, French and Americans started slathering them in the 1700’s back then about 20 000 Southern Right Whales migrated to the South African coastline.
During the 1800’s the demand for Whale oil and other whale products raised causing the Whale slathering to increase. By 1935 the Southern Right migrating to our shores had dropped from 20 000 to less than 100! The Southern Right Whales made for easy targets, because they are very curious animals the will go right up to the boats, the move slow and the float when they have been killed, its like the saying “taking candy from a baby”.
It was during the 1900’s that the Whaling station at Betty’s Bay (Stoney Point) was established. After the WWI and the depression the market for whale oil took a huge knock and closed its doors in 1930. Parts of the Whaling Station still exist at Stoney Point were a Colony of African Penguins have made them self quite at home.
The Stoney Point Penguin Colony is one of the only four penguin colonies on the mainland as the usually bread on islands. The area was declared a Nature Reserve in July 2002
Betty’s Bay is situated on the famous Clarence drive, and despite the history is today known as the Cape Whale Route. Betty’s Bay was established in 1963 and named after Betty Youlden, daughter of the Property developer Arthur Youlden.
And as if the history, penguins and whale are not enough Betty’s Bay also forms part of The KogelBerg Biosphere which also includes the Harold Porter National Garden were you can view our provincial flower the Red Disa from December to February.
Betty’s Bay is an ideally quick getaway from the Busy City live, being almost right around the corner, it’s a perfect place to relax or spend some family time together with some fun nature activities