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Boulders Penguin Colony

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful experience that CANNOT be replicated. Penguins in their natural environment. Sit and watch them waddles, slide, and swim.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Coyote-Travelerz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth the stop at this location. Watching the penguins from the deck and very interesting! They are very cute!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A great place to get up close and personal with these cute little creatures. It was a great experience.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wendell P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the town itself has good food so recommend a stay , craft venders abound as do charity shops~seems alot more picturesque than the other two we saw as well. close to Cape,two. can be windy and cooler so wear cover.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank skykid
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

The Penguin Colony at Boulders is very interesting as it is a permanent colony living on the beach. The colony can be reached via a short walk and the Penguins can be viewed from the raised walkway. This also made it easy and convenient to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Thelma K
Reviewed November 8, 2018

It was really windy, but worth the visit. the penguins were up close and all around the steps and on the beach. Interesting to see. Lovely scenery on the road trip to get there

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Paula B
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

A visit to Boulder's is best combined with a trip to Cape Point and Simonstown. We hadn't expected the ZAR 70 entrance fee as a few years ago it was free. Needless to say National Parks have done a good job with the infrastructure to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank spenceley2015
Reviewed November 7, 2018

There are 2 ways to visit the penguins. A FREE, wonderful (and very birdy) trail runs north-south along the coast and both will eventually get you down on the beach. The southern end is beautiful for sunrise pictures. There will be penguins walking right in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AREEN7
Reviewed November 7, 2018 via mobile

These African Penguins have created a big industry in Cape Town. This is one of the Tour stops when doing a Cape Peninsula Tour. Formerly known as the Jackass penguins because of the donkey like noise they make. They have been at this location since...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 82JamesW
Reviewed November 6, 2018

You have to see this. Hundreds of penguins just hanging out. You can get very close and watch them just be themselves. There were a decent number of people here, but it is set up so that you have plenty of places to watch and...More

Date of experience: October 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".
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