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Boulders Beach

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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...more
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Kleintuin Rd | What3words: ///sectional.twitch.peacocks, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a treat - always worth a visit and a great and very beautiful place to go en roy to Cape point as well

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank barrys2326
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Never, ever did I think I'd see a colony of penguins and today I did. Even better I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt. There were over a thousand penguins just chillin on the beach. A MUST DO ADVENTURE!!!!!!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited The Boulders beach on our way to Cape point. Located in the Cape Peninsular is the Boulders beach near Simons Town. The African penguins is in a sheltered inlet of the Boulders beach. Wooden walkways are made to view the penguins. A fee...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SHDD
Reviewed 4 days ago

It was Sunday lunchtime and we had left Cape Point Reserve. Our driver said that we could eat our sandwiches and packed lunch at Boulders Beach and with the sun shining, my boys were itching to get into the sea. We parked in the Car...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BJREisman
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Ok so I love penguins, but to have a chance to be close to them in their natural environment is worth the minimal entrance fee it costs to get in. The great thing about this is the way the boarding and walkway is located because...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was quite interesting to see Penguins in warm weather on the beach without any snow. Most people will think that penguins only live in very cold snowy areas. There is a small colony here so it was a refreshing site to see them laid...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tricia A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beach with an area dedicated to 3 variety of penguins. Cost 152R adult ticket which provides admission to beach and separate section for penguins. Wear sandals and bring suit if you want to go in water. If you have interest in walking...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nutsnella
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here to see the penguins. I have seen much larger penguin colonies, but this is a nice experience.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank SeriousBiz
Reviewed 1 week ago

Two routes go to two observation decks on either side of the beach. Some penguins were hiding under the wood pannels of the walking path. Very cute.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Meeyoru
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was great to visit the beach and see the penguins in their natural habitat. It was very disappointing that the cost for non SA residents was significantly larger than SA nationals. It seems somewhat a tourist trap.

Date of experience: December 2018
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November 14, 2018|
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Response from 481frank | Reviewed this property |
No there is a turnstile u pay at
November 14, 2018|
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Response from 973SimonR973 | Reviewed this property |
No, tickets are available at the entrance, maybe a small queue at busy times. You can access the southern end of the beach free of charge, but the nesting area, and the majority of the penguins are at the northern end. Simon
October 5, 2018|
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Response from cherylb24-2016 | Reviewed this property |
There may be some boats that you could charter to go around the Cape Peninsula ot to go fishing. I would think that approaching the penguins at the beach by boat wouldn't be a good idea for their safety. If you want to see... More