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“penguins!!!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
+27-0-21-786-2329
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Private Tour
$58*
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Private Tour: Cape Point and Constantia Valley...
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Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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 be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
Vienna, Austria
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“penguins!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

a must to see in south africa are the funny guys in their black+white suits. you either can see and watch them at boulders entry directly, which is prepared for tourists, you pay an entry fee and walk along a wooden path which stretches to the beach. its good.
or you take the next road down to another parking area which is guarded as well and follow a tiny path hidden behind a gate with a sign saying "penguins hatching - quiet please" . here you follow along until you reach a beautiful empty beach (on the other side is the road with the golf course). you can swim freely with the penguins and that is really awesome!

Visited February 2013
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“Pick up a Penguin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Great to see the penguins . Can get up and close on the beach open for bathing . Two vantage points in the reserve . Get there early before gets busy with bus loads of visitors . Two car parks - one before , one after .

Visited January 2013
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Springfield, VA
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“Penguins everywhere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Having been to Boulders many years ago, I was pleased to see the upgrades to the site to protect and support the penguin colony. The penguins are as cute as ever, even in moulting season, and are well worth the time and cost to see them.

Visited January 2013
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Halifax, Canada
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“Penguins, penguins, penguins!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Very informative. Penguins were breeding when we were there. Admission gives access to the beach where the penguin colony is situated as well as to a swimming beach a short walk away where you may or may not interact with the penguins. We did share a bench on the beach with one penguin. We also saw a gull steal a penguin egg from a nest at the main site and then fight with another gull for the egg. Hatchlings were also present on boulder beach and were fiercely guarded by the parents. The attraction is readily accessible from town, about a 10 minute walk. The boardwalk between the two beaches is free access and if you look carefully in the undergrowth you may see mating penguin pairs but not in the numbers that there are at the attraction site. If you are traveling with children the swimming beach is quite interesting and has shady areas as well. Water is shallow and warmer with sandy bottom and large boulders in the water here. All in all a good experience worth the money paid.

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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Who would expect to see penguins on a beach in South Africa !!! The good thing is that you actually get pretty close to them. The whole setting is amazing.

Visited January 2013
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