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Boulders Beach

Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
+27 21 786 2329
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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 swimming nearby.
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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, South Africa
+27 21 786 2329
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Boulder Beach lays claim that this is the most accessible penguin colony in the world. I have no ideas, but it is fairly simple. You pay 70 Rand to enter the reserve, make you way along a wooden boardwalk. On a very short walk to...More

Thank worktotravel14
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had an enjoyable morning walking to see the penguins! There where more than we imagined and very close too. It was fun watching them waddling up and down the sand.

Thank Henry P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had a stop by Boulders Beach to watch the penguins... we enjoyed the visit and watching them for a period of time. We went with a group as a part of our vacation so I am not sure how much the cost was as...More

Thank Janet T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was good to visit this old swimming spot. Sad to see much less penguins than there used to be. The pathways were clean and easy to navigate. Saw many penguin chicks, a spot not to be missed when visiting Cape Town.

Thank Gwendoline l
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must see while visiting Cape Town. It is such a beautiful area and the penguins are adorable!

Thank Suelamaur
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see 100s of African Penguins in their natural setting (humans are on a wooden bridge). Fascinating...

Thank Smarty_Maddu
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent great time there. Penguins are really close and not afraid. Highly recommended, remember there is a fee to get in.

Thank Dr. Anna F
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is great even if it is a bit touristy! There is platform formed in a way that doesn't bother the penguins to continue their lives! You can watch them from there really close to swim or just walk around to the beach. Fortunately...More

Thank Alex K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a fun experience that really let you see how penguins live in the wild — on occasion, they would look at the tourists, but mostly they just go about their penguin lives. We'd been told there were more penguins at the colony at Stony...More

1  Thank Joe A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2 separate areas where you can view penguins - there's some info and you can get quite close to them! In the beach area, you can be almost 1 foot away from the penguins and they are roaming free. It's a very good experience! Obviously...More

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Elaine B
Am traveling from US next January. I'm thinking of swimming with penguins. Should I bring my own wetsuit? I haven't seen any reviews of anyone actually swimming! Do you just wade in and float around - did you bring a mask and snorkel to watch them underwater?
June 18, 2017|
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Response from Jill H |
Hey there, I have swum, snorkelled and scuba dived off Boulders Beach, where there is a strong concentration of jackass penguins. It is a simple shore entry. You could rent a wetsuit from Pisces Diving on Long Beach... More
What is the best way to travel from Cape Town to Boulder's Beach for a day trip to see the penguins?
March 3, 2017|
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Response from supersatisfied | Reviewed this property |
We arrived at the cruise port early morning but weren't flying out until 9:30 the same night. We rented a car at the airport with the intention of driving to Cape Point which we did. The rental was very inexpensive and the... More
reynaldo j
Is there a "best time of the day" to visit (less people, more penguins?). Early morning, maybe?
January 2, 2017|
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Response from Matthias R | Reviewed this property |
I was there on a Saturday at around 1:00 pm. A lot of penguins and tourists. Can't tell you the best time.
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