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Boulders Beach

Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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Ranked #4 of 17 Attractions in Simon's Town
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Type: Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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52 reviews 52 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Stopped here to see the penguins and there are lots of penguins! The area has been adapted to ensure tourists get a good view which makes it a little artificial but it is still fascinating to see these penguins in Africa! Don't forget your camera!

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Daventry, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

This is a nice attraction. Penguins are highly amusing to watch, and they are loads of them! You can't interact with them (quite rightly) but you can see loads of them as you walk along a raised walkway through their area.

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Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived and walked out on the boardwalk to discover penguins everywhere: in the water and on the beach! Some were sitting on nests, others had young. There was a lot of coming and going. The boardwalk kept humans out of the penguins way, yet allowed us to be close enough to see each feather on their bodies.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Definitely a must do if you are traveling to Cape Town! Boulders Beach is simply stunning with crystal clear waters and beautiful penguins waddling around everywhere it is an experience I will never forget! The penguins are very tame and will walk / swim right past you, they are truly amazing to see up close and personal!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Going to Boulders Beach is always special. Sometimes in summer the beach can be extremely full, but it is so beautiful to see all the penguins on the beach and even having a swim with you. When we have guests from overseas or even from here, we always recommend to them to pay a visit to Boulders. Everybody is always... More

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Valencia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is located in the Cape Peninsula, in Simon's Town, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. Boulders Penguin Colony is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982. This... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is a GREAT stop on the way to Cape of Good Hope - a day drive from Cape Town. We visited in 2010 and they did not have a boardwalk - today the penguins are more protected - we can still get great looks. The penguins get up close and personal and there are ample opportunities to take great... More

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Prince George
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

The experience was great, bus stopped right at the top of the road. The penguins are so quick. Definitely a must visit if you are in Cape Town and love wildlife.

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Woodbridge, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Besides the rain it was really nice. It's better to go when it's raining because not as many people to be around. We loved the view and the Penguins.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were able to walk alone on the boardwalk without having to pay to get in, and we saw so many penguins right up next to us and enjoyed taking pictures. An added bonus was that there are also very large, but cute rodents running around and we got some good pictures of them also. It is worth the trip,... More

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