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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

I accompanied 16 high school students (and 2 teachers) from St. Louis, MO to South Africa for 2 weeks in June/July 2017. While on our Cape Peninsula tour, we stopped in Simon's Town to see the African Penguin colony and spent about 1 1/2hours at...More

Thank shannonvet64
Reviewed yesterday

If you love penguins, this is absolutley the place for you! For a small fee you can enter the park and walk along a boardwalk right up close and personal with the penguins! Great for all ages!

Thank jakewblake
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an incredible attraction. Once you enter the park, you can view the penguins from the boardwalk and observation decks. You may also head down to the beach and come face to face with the lil creatures on the beach or amongst the boulders.

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

best beach in the entire world!! swim alongside the penguins, take a picnic or get fish and chips down there and take it to the beach, most amazing views and weather. visit either during the day or at night for sunset. best beach in the...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

One can only start to understand the meaning of Boulders only upon chancing at this beach in Simon Town. African Penguins stomp their stuff, swimming, shuffling, snuggling at times from the blowsy ocean wind that swept in. The only protection are from those huge boulders,...More

Thank dycch1955
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you're really itching to see penguins while in Cape Town you will definitely get them here. I felt there was nothing too special about Boulder's Beach other than the penguins being there. It's very touristy, so it was very crowded and I didn't particularly...More

Thank hunterurrea
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Couldn't wait to see the penguins in their natural habitat and I was so happy when I saw them! Really nice experience, getting to watch them so close.

Thank Laura G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Simon's Town especially to see the penguins! We arrived in the afternoon and although it was busy it wasn't too bad. Walk along the wooden paths to viewing points where you can see the penguins from above! You can't get on the beach which...More

2  Thank snsimmy23
Reviewed 1 week ago

One can see lots of penguin in beach, we had seen 3 in abroad also, they hide in bush on the road. It is cool place, children are also enjoyed.

Thank sanjay1971
Reviewed 1 week ago

We rented a car to go see the penguins. It was well worth it. I have never seen penguins in the wild before. Then we drove to Cape of Good Hope.

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Elaine B
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
March 3, 2017|
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Response from dandelion2 | Reviewed this property |
We rented a car at the airport, it is about an hour south of there. Be aware it is a right hand drive world. Keep the drive by the center line and you'll be fine if you have never driven in England or Australia.
reynaldo j
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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