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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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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
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 Beach With Added Penguin Attraction

The main attraction for me is the beach, the boulders and the safe bathing in crystal clear water. The penguins are an added and interesting add on. The downside is the hordes... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

A restaurant we used to visit often has become a shadow of itself. Lacks a good guiding hand & a chef with the skills of the predecessor of 2 years ago. The menu has not moved on whilst those who invented it are long gone. Waiting staff are good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

The main attraction for me is the beach, the boulders and the safe bathing in crystal clear water. The penguins are an added and interesting add on. The downside is the hordes who come to gawk at the penguins and take photos - they all seem to enjoy the experience and take little notice of the bathers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Penguins in their natural habitat, swimming to cool off, waddling about, laying on eggs, biting those pesky seagulls if necessary! Make sure you get a picture of your party with the penguins IN the background! This is an easy, relatively short jaunt.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Myself and wife are from the UK and travelled from Knysna to Cape Town. On our travels we stopped at Boulders Beach and was very much impressed. We had timed it right as there was plenty of babies penguins which was lovely to see!!! You can get up really close to take plenty of pictures.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you want to see penguins in the wild, this is the place to do it. The best part was how easy it was. You park, walk for 10 min, pay the cashier at the booth, walk 2 min on the deck and then you are there in front of tons of penguins at the beach. The penguins were so... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

a georgeous scenic drive from cape town.A easy walk on the boardwalk to see the penguins so ideal for less ambulant or disabled people, my only critism is it is fairly expensive to go in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Just outside Simons Town, take the turn left at the sign for penguins. There's a car park and gift shop. There's a walkway nearby on the left which brings you toward the beach. As you walk along, watch out for penguins higher up the beach. You can't get onto the beach at this point. Walking further along the path brings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Free and wonderful family beach. If you are a penguin lover, this is the best place to be. The drive in Simontown is equally breathtaking.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Such a pretty area, and so many African penguins. You can walk the boardwalk and take pics. It's a very pretty setting, but so odd to me to see a penguin in the sand!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

A definite must see in the area. The penguins are Lovely. The day we visited was quite windy, so many penguins had moved to a beach just by the coach park. Seats on the dunes to watch these birds or you could walk to the waters edge to get very close to them. A better photo opportunity than in the... More 

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