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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

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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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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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Reviewed today

Unusual experience to be had on the beach, amongst the penguins, the kids will love it! One of two colonies of breeding penguins in suburbia.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed yesterday

They are not one of my favourites but I was fascinated to see them up close especially the babies .. If you get the opportunity it's certainly worth going

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 151sapphire
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We travelled to Boulders Beach from Cape Town by Uber, which cost £21 each way. This was much cheaper than the Hop on Hop off bus or any tour bus we looked at. The journey was about 50 minutes. We were dropped in the car...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was so great to see penguins so close. There are a lot of them. Grown ups, babies, some nesting. Beautiful view and lots of fun watching them.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sabīne Ū
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

They havent changed their times on the website. So I turned up just before closing and gave up. Instead went down to the beach by the parking lot and saw a bunch of them wandering and swimming around at sunset. Free- can swim with them...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank mich202
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We tried to stay off the beaten path but the penguin beach is a must see while in Capetown. Be aware that most shops close down pretty early in Simon Town5 pm so plan accordingly.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 842carlan
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The colony is fun to watch, but the entrance fee a bit high. Probably because of preservation reasons; it is an endangered species after all. There are two or three small beaches where you can get up close and personal with the penguins down the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank vincentdR3227IV
Reviewed 5 days ago

In July, I took a group of students from my university on a service trip assisting local organizations in Cape Town, South Africa. We came from Oklahoma and worked with another team from Texas. During this time, we explored Cape Town culture, visited local attractions,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DrGreen2009
Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a beautiful sight to see all the penguins in their natural habitat. In one area, people are able to swim and penguins are nesting nearby. In other areas, wooden walkways provide a path for people to walk and view the penguins without disturbing...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Canadian_Luda
Reviewed 5 days ago

I caught the train from Cape Town to Simons town - good trip along the coast. and then walked about 1 hour to the colony- there are taxi buses that wait at the station and at the colony to take you either way. 220 Rand...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Omgafrica
January 8, 2019|
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Response from mckcol | Reviewed this property |
If you head South along the boardwalk you will find another entry kiosk. Go through there (pay the rediculous price) and you will get to the beach with the penguins. I have also heard if you go North from the main car park... More
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jobeary
November 14, 2018|
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Response from moheenreeyad | Reviewed this property |
Not necessary. You can collect your ticket(s) during your trip to Boulders. It cost 74 ZAR, per adults.
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jobeary
November 14, 2018|
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Response from moheenreeyad | Reviewed this property |
Not necessary. You can collect your ticket(s) during your trip to Boulders. It cost 74 ZAR, per adults.
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