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Boulders Beach

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Address: Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone Number: +27-0-21-786-2329
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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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Penguins!

Beautiful beach and to know that the African penguins are protected here is nice to know. It's such an experience in South Africa to see the animals in its own habitat in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful beach and to know that the African penguins are protected here is nice to know. It's such an experience in South Africa to see the animals in its own habitat in the wild.

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There is a boardwalk that takes you to a nice viewing area. So much fun to watch these penguins going into the water and playing in the surf and then getting out of the water and walking to a comfy place to relax. A good place for kids of all ages to see these cute penguins.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boulders Beach & it's penguins are on every tourist's list & for good reason. Wide boardwalk down to the beach affords great access & views of the penguins who are literally inches away in some instances. Lost count of the many languages heard spoken here. Tip: upon exiting take the boardwalk to your left for a wonderful nature walk thru... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you want to see African penguins up close, in their natural habitat, then this is a great place to do it. For a small fee, you can see them from a boardwalk at the first beach, then, if you're lucky, you might get very close at the second beach. Unfortunately for us there were no penguins at the second... More 

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Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Make sure you come very early as they only allow a limited amount of people onto the beach. The beach is small and can get even smaller if the tide comes in. It's quite expensive but well worth it if you want to see and swim with Penguins. When the weather is good, the water isn't as cold as the... More 

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Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a real rip off. The parking area is about 800m from the entrance to Boulders Beach. This means that after having to struggle to find parking, you walk a distance and then discover that there is a hefty entrance fee to "walk to the beach" and see a few penguins. At that point you pay the fee...seeing that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Getting to Boulders Beach on a wintry morning can be quite cold, but well worth it as the opportunity to see so many seals & sea lions is an adventure I cannot forget.

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Hampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Such a great experience to get up close and personal with 100's African penguins, do it if you can fit it in, what they also don't tell you is you can go in the swim beach included in the price and get really close to the Penguins

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful beaches, scenic trails all along the beach side, penguins in their natural habitat, clear water and nice little restaurants all along the beach.

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New York, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I, after a lovely morning at the Cape of Good Hope, stopped for lunch in Simon's Town and then went to Boulders Beach --- what great fun! The penguins were adorable and we also spotted a hyrax sunning himself as well.

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