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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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Lovely penguins

It is beautiful to see the penguins all nesting, mating and splashing in the sea. Definitely worth the trip down there to see them. Would recommend.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

It is beautiful to see the penguins all nesting, mating and splashing in the sea. Definitely worth the trip down there to see them. Would recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I wanted to get up close to African penguins, the only penguin species to breed in Africa and a trip to The Boulders was it. There is an entrance fee and you walk past the beach area, where you can go and swim and have the pleasure of penguins zipping past you in the water, to get to the boardwalk... More 

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Woodford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

The penguins are great, definitely worth viewing, you can see them from the beach, but it is better if you go to the view point. Be prepared to take loads of photos. It is meant to be best to go at low tide, which is when we went. Although it was quite busy, still got lots of good photos.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

It is such a fun place to visit although I noticed on a recent visit that it has become so popular that it can feel a bit too touristy with the beach pretty packed. But the penguins are just too cute as they plod about snuggle up to each other and generally seem oblivious to their audience. In the water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Boulders is a nice thing to see if you are travelling to Simons Town or Cape Point. I wouldn't travel specifically to see it and the visit will only take 30 mins to an hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Our children couldn't wait to go and sit on a beach with the penguins and they weren't disappointed. In fact we went there twice during our stay. As you leave Simon's Town, follow the first sign post to the penguins and visit the beach off the path at the bottom of the car park (the left hand beach). It was... More 

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Helmsley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Was so disappointed here. Please remember you have to pay to get into this place. It's touristy, you can't get on this beach unless you go further down the road. Expected to see so many more penguins. You basically stand on a viewing platform to watch & take photos. Things have apparently changed over the years due to tourists taking... More 

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Margam, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Board walks and fencing now prevent access to the beach. Nontheless another must see place to visit. Kids loved watching the penguins, particularly the cheeky ones that engage in endless flipping one another about the head.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

..this famous area was everything we expected although to be charged to go on a beach further along the coast was very disappointing..the famous penguins are generally found via a board walk - no issue about paying for that - and provide hours of entertainment as they go about their business almost oblivious to humans..these birds are not just a... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Wow! what a unique and gorgeous location? Great place to experience what nature has to offer. Make sure you take time to walk to the beach and if possible cliimb the rocks and swim, sun or just hang out

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