From 8 May 2016, for six days, 16 penguin lovers walked 125km from Gansbaai to Boulders Beach in Simon's Town. The mission behind this meander: to raise awareness for the endangered African penguin, and to encourage everyone we meet to take action and make a “penguin promise”. What’s good for penguins is good for all animals, including ourselves. The Waddle for a Week campaign, now in its seventh year, is led by African penguin conservation initiative Penguin Promises, the Two Oceans Aquarium and the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR), and is sponsored by Old Mutual Finance.

Taking our Penguin Promises forward (∞km)

To infinity, and beyond!

Day 7 is the longest leg. It is a stretch that begins at Boulders Beach, and continues home - into our private lives and into our future. But it is an easy leg, because we only need to carry one thing: our personal Penguin Promises.


New this year

New to the programme this year is an exciting education outreach component to five schools along the Waddle route, made possible by SPAR. Our team brought learners wonderful interactive activities and lessons, all with one goal – nurturing a sustainable generation. 

The route

The blog

#Waddle2017: Day One - Gansbaai to Stanford (24km) 

Day 1 of the Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week is always a bit of a shock to the system! Find out what we got up to on the first 24 of 125km for penguins... and the planet. Click here for all the pics.

#Waddle2017: Day Two - Stanford to Hermanus (24km)

Despite some sore legs, the incredible support we received from motorists and pedestrians along the way was an amazing boost to our energy. With so many people positive about making a change and saving the African penguin and the ocean it calls home, real change is a reality. 

#Waddle2017: Day Three - Hermanus to Kleinmond (24km) 

On Day 3 we broke the record for most hoots received on a single day during the Waddle! Thank you to everyone who contributed ... aches and pains may have, but our hearts are happy and full.

#Waddle2017: Day Four - Kleinmond to Stony Point (30km) 

And what a turnout we had in Betty's Bay on Day 4 as we reached the penguin colony at Stony Point! Check out all the highlights - huge thanks to SPAR Western Cape, CapeNature and Pringle House Eco School!

#Waddle2017: Day Five - Gordon's Bay to Strand (10km) 

After our emotional afternoon of Day 4, ending at the Stony Point African penguin colony, it was time for the Waddle to move a bit closer to Cape Town. 

#Waddle2017: Day Six - Muizenberg to Boulders Beach (15km) 

The final day of the 2017 Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week was incredible - hundreds of community members joined in: little waddlers from Square Hill Primary, WESSA's beach steward team, support staff from the Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town community members, young and old, showed up in support of the Penguin Promises mission.

More about #Waddle2017

Photo by Chris Fallows

What's your Penguin Promise?

During the Waddle, we ask everyone we meet to make at least one “penguin promise” to help protect this beautiful bird. Here are some of the pledges you can make.

Meet the waddlers

Meet the team of 16 penguin lovers who will be walking – or waddling, like penguins might – from Gansbaai to Simon’s Town from 8 to 13 May 2017. Along the way, they'll hoot, educate, and inspire. 

Where we're sleeping

As ever, the Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week experience wouldn’t be possible without the ever-generous sponsorships from the venues along the route. For #Waddle2017, we'll catch our Zs at the following fine establishments.  

Join us on the last day! 

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of the Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week? Come join us on Saturday 13th May and find out! The final stretch of #Waddle2017 starts at 8:30 at Surfer's Corner in Muizenberg - we'll all Waddle together to Simon's Town. Wear black and white, bring friends and family, and be sure to make a Penguin Promise

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Looking back!

Check out some pics from the 2016 Penguin Promises Waddle for a Week: