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Boulders Penguin Colony

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We took our grandchildren to see the penguins as they live in Europe and have heard of the penguins. We were there at about 10 am. We queued to go into the small beach area but decided that it was going to take to long...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NadineL1389
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Travelled through Simon's town to see the Penguins. Simon's town is steeped in history & worth a visit. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the penguins & the scenery. It was a very good time of the year to see them as they were all on the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 2017Maggie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place, well organised. Different to how it used to be , haven’t visited Boulders Beach Penguin Colony for several years. Good walk ways and easy walking to see lots of penguins 🐧 But as others say- why charge overseas visitors more !

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ilkleygirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Could have spent all day watching the penquins, they have such personalities. Place was clean and well maintained. Only complaint I have is that the charge tourists more!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank lorag503
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are loads of penguins in the area but accessing the heart of the flock and the viewing decks to see them en masse was great. We waited for a short while in the queue to get in and had to pay a small fee...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Matvl
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing beach with the most adorable penguins. The round boulders are beautiful, I thought you could only see these rock formations in the Seychelles so I was pleasantly surprised when I was able to see them here.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Tribe1022
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of those things you absolutely have to see. The penguin Colony is on a beautiful beach. It's easy to visit with convenient parking. come for the penguins come for the boulders or come just to swim in the Crystal Clear water.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 7,268
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A nice visit with the penguins. While they're well separated by a walkway you can get very close for good photos.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank TASunde
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first we were dissapointed because of penguins were isolated by fence and it was possible to see them only from viewing area. Yet when we went to the furthest beach where it's allowed to swim. Many penguings were just there as well swimming near...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cute animals but high cost (for non-SA) and little to see in the end. We queued for 45 minutes as there is only one card machine and the network service is poor. You can see lot more with same cost in Cape Town Waterfront Aquarium...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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December 10, 2017|
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Response from robr590 | Reviewed this property |
The kayaking is its own extraordinary experience, but probably not the best way to view the penguins, not least because they are so fast. I'd say the beach also, as you can really get close.
September 26, 2015|
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Response from Ronnie G | Reviewed this property |
PS: Most people include a visit to the penguins as part of a day trip around the Cape Peninsula, culminating in Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope). In summer, it is also possible to combine the visit with time on the adjacent... More
March 31, 2015|
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Response from 66julesb | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a small charge to enter - I think only £3 or £4 per person. Parking is available nearby - no charge for that - but it is busy.
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Capetown hotel and sighttseeing (1 Replies)
We will be in Capetown Oct 3-8 in between a safari in Kenya and a safari in Botswana. It is our first time in Capetown. I would like recommendations for a hotel to stay in that we can walk to restaurants or has restaurants. Don't need 5 star but nice and comfortable. I also want to take one day tours so we don't have to get a rental car or go on our own. Any suggestions for a sight seeing company? Not interested in wine tours but outdoors, Table Miuntain, Boulders Penguin Colony, Cape of Good...More
January 29, 2018|
Response fromdivacape|
Please go to the search button first. There is so much that has been asked and answered on your questions already. Also you have not suggested an area you want nor a limit on what you want to spend on accommodation. I would suggest you first do a lot of homework on the subject, go through the questions and answers on the different areas and then perhaps come back with your questions so we can help you. Your question at the moment is too "open".
Rhonda C
El Dorado Hills, California
Best place to see Penguins in May (6 Replies)
Is Boulders Penguin colony the best place to see penguins? Thinking about pairing that with a day to Cape point. Thoughts and suggestions appreciated.
January 24, 2017|
Response fromKileleshwa|
When we were in Hermanus, we were advised to go to Bettys Bay to see the penguins, rather than Boulders Beach. Bettys Bay wasn't crowded at all and there were penguins aplenty just a few metres from the car park, so we didn't need to pay to enter the nature reserve to see them. Although we passed the car park for Boulders Beach on the way to Cape Point, we didn't stop, so unable to give you a comparison.
Karen H
Wales Uk
Reasonable itinerary or not .......? (12 Replies)
We plan to visit SA for the 1st time next April, We've got the bare bones of an itinerary from web research & talking to friends who've been in the past, but would be grateful of the opinions of local people/fellow travellers/destination experts. We're limited to 16 nights max due to work restrictions ... Capetown - 5 nights (stay V&A waterfront area as it sounds like the best base for evenings, ie. restaurants/bars that you can walk between?) In Capetown we plan to use public...More
August 17, 2018|
Response fromBiertje2015|
Personally I'm not the biggest fan of the restaurants at the V&A (over priced for what they offer and not the best service) as there are many better ones in the city and surrounding winelands (Constantia area). Some great and cheap fine dining options! But I can see why it is an attractive option for places to stay. If you can't find anything suitable there, any accommodation in a semi circle round lions head from Camps Bay to Gardens/Tamboerskloof area is great to stay in. I enjoy a lot...More