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Boulders Beach

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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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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 7995, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Boulders us a very scenic area not far from Cape Town and it makes for a very nice, picturesque drive from town. The main reason you'd go of course is to see the colony of diminutive penguins. Thry are very plentiful on the rocky beach...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walked down to the beach to view the penguins in their habitat. It was wonderful seeing so many of them and their young chicks

Thank 88,532,016
Reviewed 2 days ago

Boulders Beach is a big penguin exhibit. We enjoyed watching the penguins and taking their pictures. I read that people and penguins swim together, but I did not see how people could get into the water and near the penguins. Maybe it's different in the...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a delight to see penguins out and about in the middle of the day - caring for chicks, swimming, waddling, digging in the sand, jumping off rocks, and generally entertaining us all. Being a gorgeous sunny windless day after some days of high wind,...More

Thank RPThorne
Reviewed 2 days ago

A commercial set up to see penguins in their natural environment without (hopefully) impacting their habitat or life. The set up is a complex of wooden walkways over boulders beach and brush land where Penguins live and sleep, giving up close access to these great...More

Thank Martynjw
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

If one wishes to see plenty of small African penguins, this is the place to go. Technically, visitors can walk on the beach, there are wooden paths designed to keep distance from animals. It's a nice and relaxing attraction, kids would love it.

Thank Mr_Nobody_1979
Reviewed 3 days ago

A reasonable entry is charged which also gives access to the nearby beach (not where the penguins nest). Lookout for the penguins around the walkway before entering the paid area. The penguin beach cannot be approached but you get very close to the beach on...More

Thank Yash G
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a must see if in Cape Town (assuming an interest in penguins). We went early in the morning and were the only ones on the beach, had tens of penguins all to ourselves! The drive through the outskirts of Cape Town was also...More

Thank Lucy858
Reviewed 3 days ago

A short walk from the car park and there are hundreds of penguins to be seen. It was wonderful to see these birds in a natural habitat but so close up. Some of their expressions were hilarious just as though they were judging us the...More

Thank KathyW1952
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must visit this place whilst you are around Cape Town. There are not many penguin colonies like this anywhere in the world. You can get extremely close to the penguins without causing them any distress. Visit later in the day to get the best photo...More

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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 1sammi | Reviewed this property |
It's best to drive there. There is a train that goes from Cape Town Station to Simon's Town which is an adventure in itself. It's a really pretty ride all along the False Bay coast but there's still a way to get to Boulders... More
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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