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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone Number: +27-0-21-786-2329
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8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Fun to see the penguins, but so crowded

Fun to see the penguins, although it is SO crowded that it feels more touristy than authentic. Bus loads of tourists are dropped off here. Aside from that, there are dozens and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a very popular tourist site. The elevated walkway provides an opportunity to see the penguins at close range, however the multitude of tourists lessens the impact of the natural habitat in which the penguins live at Boulders Beach. The best viewing area is at the beach itself, and of course, this is where most of the visitors congregate... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fun to see the penguins, although it is SO crowded that it feels more touristy than authentic. Bus loads of tourists are dropped off here. Aside from that, there are dozens and dozens of penguins here and the designated walkway allows you to see them fairly close.

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Caledon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A great way to get close to the penguins and see them in their natural habitat. The penguins are viewed from a platform to keep the public from the penguins.

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Groenlo, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a little bit sad because you can see that the penguins are not in the 'wild'. They are not acting free because the space is to small. Its to commercial and made for tourists. Although its special to see so many of them in a colony.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was part of a day tour and we loved it. Great walkway allowed you to view the penguins without disturbing them. Fantastic place for happy snapping as the penguins like to cooperate ;-)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice stop for 10 mins to see the Penguins. Gets very crowded - go early. Quite a disgrace that they have fenced the beach off and charge a large amount to walk on some simple boardwalks near the beach.

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We took public transportation. We rode the Metrorail train south to Simon's Town. From there, we could have taken a cab to Boulders Beach, but we chose to walk. It was about 4 km, and mostly flat. There was a sidewalk the whole way with some uphill and downhill. Once there, we paid and went into the see the penguins.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Boulder's Beach is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins and its a fabulous day trip from Cape Town. The beach is close to Simon's Town on False Bay Coast. There are wooden walkways and viewing platforms for watching and observing the penguins. For the best views of the penguins walk to Foxy Beach .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The penguins look like small people. It is such a pleasure to see these wonderful creatures. Also, the boulders on the beach which given name to this place. One of the must see attractions in Cape Peninsula.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Boulders Beach Penguin Colony during our self drive tour of the Cape Penisula. It is well organised for both parking and access. To get a better and quieter view of the Penguins take the first boardwalk on the right rather than the one directly in front of you where the coach parties and other visitors go.

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