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Boulders Beach

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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula...
The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near Simon's Town. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
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Adorable! Essential visit

This is a lovely beach with easily accessible boardwalks to view the penguins and get great photographs. We stayed for about 40 minutes as part of a tour. You can view the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely beach with easily accessible boardwalks to view the penguins and get great photographs. We stayed for about 40 minutes as part of a tour. You can view the penguins on grassy areas as well as the beach and in the see. The boardwalks allow fantastic views. The penguins were very cute and we could see eggs... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

If you like Penguins, this is essential. Thousands of Penguins, and you can swim with these adorable creatures. Doesn't cost much and definitely worth of every rand.

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Walkern, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Really amazing to be warm yet seeing real wild penguins on the beach! It cost only a few pounds to get in and the reserve has been well done with decking and fences protecting the penguins from the people. It did smell of penguins though!

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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great beach and mini national park. The tumble of giant granit boulders present a labarynth of hidy-holes for the local African Penguins that are easily seen in the area. It is very picturesque. Look to the tops of dressing sheds, as well as the rocks, to see slumbering hyrax as they soak up the sun.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Don't know about you but I do not get to see penguins is their natural habitat everyday, thus it's a place you must visit. The entrance fee is not too bad and the gift store has very nice post cards. Although it was about 30 degrees (celcius) it was quite windy, so you might want to bring a scarf or... More 

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Federal Way, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The first animals we say in South Africa were penguins. Go figure. These are jackass penguins, rather small but lots of fun watching. Good access to beach area on boardwalk and some gravel spots. Recommend.

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Harrogate, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

such a wonderful place, the penguins are quite unperturbed by all the visitor activity so you can get really close to their nests, and some even pose for you!

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Simon's Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

If you want to see African Penguins close up in a beautiful natural scenic setting and even swim with the penguins, then Boulders Beach is a fun place to go. They are very cute, curious, loud and, yes, at times smelly. Even though swimming with them does not always work, especially in moulting season, close encounters are always a fun... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Visit the restaurant at the Boulders and watch how the penguins amuses you. They are beautiful and by watching them let you feel so relaxed. Do not miss this beach on your way to Cape Point from Simonstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

take the time to enjoy an hour or so watching penguins surf the waves, build their nests and care for their eggs and babies. Ageless fun for everyone as you watch South Africa's penguins at home in the rocks of Boulders Beach. Named for the donkey like braying sound they make, they are truly a pleasure to watch.

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Address: Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Simon's Town
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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