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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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Penguins Galore

We had great time at Boulders Beach hanging with some Penguins for the day. I do wish that I had thought to bring a bathing suit because there's nothing stopping you from getting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We had great time at Boulders Beach hanging with some Penguins for the day. I do wish that I had thought to bring a bathing suit because there's nothing stopping you from getting in the water with them and and being ale to swim with them. Totally worth it to wade around the boulders and see who might be swimming... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

I was so excited to go here.. you hear about it all the time but u never actually realise how many penguin families r here and you see them in the sea and jump on the beach if u stay long enough so worth the visit and lot amazing views there too and on the way to it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Spend a couple of hours here on your way down to Cape Point, it's a nice stop, and i don't think i've seen soo many penguins in their natural habitat before. There's actually an open beach past the first enterance that is more interesting, you can literally stand right next to the little critters, and wade in the ocean. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Boulders on our way to Cape Point and spent about 2 hours in the area. First, there is an information-station that educates one about the African Penquin. Then, the boardwalk takes one down to the beach with placards along the way teaching you more about the penquins. There must have been close to 100 penquins (some with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Our guide advised of 2 options to view the penguins, the commercial one where you walk the boardwalk or a smaller more secluded beach, but you see less penguins at the secluded beach. We opted for the secluded option and found a small secluded beach with very easy access to the water. On the rocks we found about 6 penguins.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

One of the best things I did while on holiday in Cape Town. Walked along board walk to see penguins on protected beach. Then ventured further along to the beaches that are open to the public. Swam along side the penguins and sun bathed on the beach with penguins wandering past and also sunbathing on the rocks. Brilliant day out.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Great beach but relatively small- especially at high tide. But it is safe swimming and you are amongst the Penguins. Great for kids.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

It is really too crowded to fully enjoy and if it is the only chance you have to see the penguins then by all means go. However if you are going by Bettys Bay on your way to Hermanus or other places along the garden route then don't bother and go to the Penguins Nature Reserve instead - located on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

We visited the boulders beech late one afternoon. It was a fabulous experience to see all the penguins in their natural habitat. There were several ones nesting and males were carrying sticks to nest with . The area is decked and easy to walk on. Can recommend this for anyone that enjoys animals .

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

If you are doing a trip round Cape Point I guess this is a bit of a must, but actually if you are interested in the birds/wildlife - there are better and quieter views at Betty's Bay on they way to Hermanus.

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