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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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Nice for family tour

I brought my family there for a visit, beautiful and very interesting,my son like it with penguins and many birds. Also nice to walking around, the environment are well protected... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

I brought my family there for a visit, beautiful and very interesting,my son like it with penguins and many birds. Also nice to walking around, the environment are well protected by local people, enjoyable.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Fantastic close up of how the Penguins live eat sleep swim chase eatch other around the bay, and all in a picturesque setting.

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Darien, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Like The Baths at Virgin Gorda, stunning. Warm enough to swim, and with the company of penguins. Easy to get to, easy parking, safe.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The penguins were very cute. As you would expect the area is full of people selling tat, but well worth seeing the penguins

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Gosport
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

A nice way to spend 30 minutes to an hour. An easy walk through to the beach and the penguins are real characters.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely walk through to the stunning cove , hundreds of penguins everywhere! So cute and totally unfazed by their human visitors! Went for a swim and a penguin popped up along side me! Thrilling!

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

If you are an animal lover like me and my partner do not miss this opportunity to be arms length away. All the way through the walkway there are penguins and other creatures roaming around. When you do get to the penguin observatory what a stunning view. We went on a cold and windy day but the animals made it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Penguins penguins everywhere! These little ones were so cute and close. If you want an excellent photo opportunity with South African penguins, this is the place to visit! My 13 year old son loved this adventure. He still talks about it to all of his friends. There are baby penguins, surfing penguins, sleeping penguins, and silly penguins chasing each other.... More 

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Dubai
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We took our boys to see the Penguins and they loved it. We only went on the walkway outside but we saw enough penguins to keep the boys happy. Beautiful area!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Boulders Beach was a real treat! We were right next to the penguins, saw chicks, and heard them squawking. Their little houses are cute. Lots of really great pictures both with the penguins and of water and landscape. You should definitely plan to see this area!

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Additional Information about Boulders Beach

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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