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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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Go soon before the Penguins disappear

We visited in 2007 and again in 2015. The number of Penguins has dramatically reduced, hopefully they wont be lost to Boulders beach. The beach itself without the Penguins is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Khalid B
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Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

We visited in 2007 and again in 2015. The number of Penguins has dramatically reduced, hopefully they wont be lost to Boulders beach. The beach itself without the Penguins is quite an attraction on its own but expensive considering beaches in South Africa are always free. The water is cold but swimable (in summer). The boulders are good for climbing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

A very surreal experience of seeing penguins on a beach. Yes it's natural and yes you still have to pay, but do pay as you'll never see anything like it! And take your time viewing them/videoing them/watch them coming out of the ocean from a swim. Amazing.

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Luanda, Angola
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Penguins on display in a natural habitat, but it seems unnatural as there are so many people in such a small area at the end of the boardwalk. Still - for many - a unique chance to see them in the 'wild'.

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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

It's all about visiting a colony of African penguins, which is slightly disconcerting as all our preconceptions are penguins = snow & ice and on the day we visited it was extremely warm. When we were there the adults were protecting their I assume recently born young as well as doing all the penguins do. Recommended.

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Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

When reading about seeing the Penguins at Boulder Beach, it talked about being able to walk on the beach with them. Maybe we went to the wrong location but once we paid our admission, there was only a boardwalk to view them from and it was so crowded it was very similar to seeing them in a zoo. It was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Boulders Beach was the last stop on our day-long Cape Point tour and it was a great way to end the tour. The African penguins (aka jackass penguins because they sound like donkeys) are beyond cute waddling around and playing in the surf. Luckily for us, there were also lots of fuzzy baby penguins! Loved it! We could've watched them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

A must see attraction. Unlimited viewing of the large penguin colony. No if's about it , you will get to watch and enjoy the life and times of penguins. Mostly a good story but, an occasional view of the Penguins struggle to survey. Sitting on the rocks you can see some of their predators. The better story is the small... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

This place was great!!! Definitely visit this place if you are in the Cape Town area. We drove there in a rental car, so not sure how riding the train from CT would be. We parked at Boulders beach, then walked on the path (which is great for seeing penguins resting in the bushes as well as spotting rock hyrax,... More 

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Irvine, Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Visited this famous beach before the wooden boardwalk was built (further back than June 2014) and you could actually be on the beach with the Pengiuns!!! Was an amazing day being able to walk around and even swim with these tiny pengiuns and they were no problem at all, everyone respected the animals. I swear every photo I have from... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We visited it on a windy morning. The animals are cute and beaches are beautiful. But not worth the amount you pay for. Especially if you are not a penguin lover.

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