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Boulders Beach

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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
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+27 21 786 2329
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near...

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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Quiet beach full of penguins!

The nature reserve was lovely, well paved and sign posted. You can swim with the penguins and seals if you wish. Watch out for high tide as the small beach at one end can get busy... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The nature reserve was lovely, well paved and sign posted. You can swim with the penguins and seals if you wish. Watch out for high tide as the small beach at one end can get busy due to the reduced space!

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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A decent stopover on the drive around Cape Penisular - nice place to watch Penguins. There are good places to eat close by.

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying locally at the Mariner Guesthouse so could walk down to the beach. You walk along the boardwalk and see the penguins who take shelter from the sun in the bushes!!

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durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The beach was absolutely beautiful. The views were breathtaking. it wasn't too full and the kids absolutely enjoyed the warmer water. We couldn't get enough of it.

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Bassoues, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Difficult to park, too many people and very scruffy area. The walk way down to the beach was heaving and it was difficult to get near the birds.

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was peak season and very busy, however, we got there nice and early (8am) and parked right at the gate on Secluse Avenue. Paid our fee and spent about 2 hours encountering penguins - awesomely close. Almost stepped on one. You can really get close to them. It's quite special. By the time we left (after breakfast at restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

How often do you get to see hundreds (hundreds!) of penguins, hanging out on the beach? We visited Boulders Beach in September, so it was a little chilly - make sure you bring some warm clothing when visiting. It was a stop on a larger tour along the coast of Cape Town, and we didn't really spend more than half... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Where else would you see penguins! This was once in a lifetime experience for me! must visit if you are in Cape Town.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Simon's Town is beautiful and it's a great place to spend the afternoon. We enjoyed seeing the penguins, but the actual sanctuary/area is pretty small. If you're short on time, I'd skip this one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here while on our way to Cape Point. Great to see so many penguines in a natural setting. There's an entrance fee of 70 rand, that gives you access to two boardwalks, one close to the entrance, and the other, a 5 min walk away, which has access to a small beach. Great photo ops here, but be... More 

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