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Boulders Beach

Off Queens Road, Cape Town 7995 South Africa
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    Jenny
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    5 Jul 25, 2014

    Boulders Beach, near Simons Town, and the beaches surrounding are a great place to get up close and personal with penguins.

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    Nally
    4 Dec 24, 2013

    This white-sand beach is surrounded by granite boulders. But no one notices the beach due to the colony of penguins that live here. Thousands of penguins! Wooden walkways keep people away from them, though there are plenty of photo opportunities. A major (read: crowded) attraction, but one that's hard to pass up.

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    Zawisza Czarny
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    5 Mar 03, 2014

    Great place to visit, hang out on the beach with the penguins.
    Spot of a advice here. Most tourists will actually end up in an area where you cannot get among them. If you find yourself next to a new looking tourist information building you are in the wrong place. You can still see penguins here in fact many more. But you will be restricted to walking above them on a wooden walkway above the rocks where the penguins nest.

    No problem, once you have had a good look, head south on the wooden path and you will get to another small booth, here you can come down to the actual beach, it's only a 2 min walk or so. Here you can get into the water and here the penguins will be right next to you.

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    Janson Wigo
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    5 Nov 12, 2013

    A life changing experience... I was swimming 2 feet from them and there were hundreds. You climb around the rocks and you can see them if timid of the water.

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    Summer Wilms
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    3 Oct 19, 2013

    Boulders Beach isn't far from the city of Cape Town and is definitely worth the little side trip. I don't know anyone who doesn't like penguins but you don't often come across people who have had the chance to hang out with them in the wild. Over 3000 black-footed penguins have made this beach their home and they're nice enough to let you visit. You get really close to the little creatures and it is great fun just to watch them doing all their penguin things. The photo opportunities are excellent.

    Afterwards, there are lots of great seafood restaurants in the area and fun shops to explore along the waterfront of Simonstown.

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    D'Maris Coffman
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    4 Oct 03, 2013

    Jackass penguins are great fun for adults and kids alike. Probably v crowded in the high season but fine in July.

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    Arlo Hemphill
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    5 Oct 02, 2013

    I love jackass penguins, they seriously rule! And in South Africa - or Africa period for that matter, this is where to see them. Beautifully ironic juxtaposition with the Cape Town beaches, sun, sand, surf and sharks. Couldn't be more surreal, or more real South Africa. A great little spot.

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    Patrizia Iantorno
    5 May 13, 2013

    boulders beach is from cape town on the way to cape point. the beach is full of small cute penguins...can not miss to meet them!

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    Joseph Coureur
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    5 Apr 22, 2013

    You might not think that there are wild penguins outside of Antarctica, but come to see some at Boulders Beach.

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    Jaak Treiman
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    4 Jan 13, 2013

    Boulders Beach is a convenient and worthwhile stopping point on the road to the Cape of Good Hope. For those of us used to seeing Emperor Penguins in movies and documentaries these African Penguins look somewhat out of place on sandy beaches and among plants growing some distance from the water. Nevertheless, they are fun to watch, if you can elbow your way through the mass of tourists trying to do the same thing.

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    Kyreena Hay
    3 Sep 08, 2012

    When I was last here, 10 years ago, you could roam freely and swim wherever you like. It's mostly all cordoned off now, and R40 to see the penguins and get to the one little beach to swim. Fair enough for preservation of the land and penguins, but they could've given us a bit more beach.

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    Isam Bayazidi
    5 Jul 06, 2014

    It was surprising too penguins in Africa. First time to see any outside a zoo. One of the important visit sites in cape town

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    Shaina Herman
    5 Aug 06, 2012

    Bring your camera, penguins really do live in Africa! Make a day of going to Boulders Beach and Simons Town and maybe you'll see some whales too.

    Boulders Beach costs about 40 Rand/6 USD and fees go to preserving the area where these little guys hang out.

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    Laura Clarke
    5 Jul 24, 2012

    Boulders Beach is famous for the African Penguins that have made it their home. The beach is a place of two halves, however. One half, where you will be dropped by any tour company, takes you down a boardwalk to a viewing area. This is where you will see the majority of the colony, as they are fenced off and so not at risk of being bothered by people. But if you go back up the boardwalk and turn left you go down a long path to the beach itself. Here you can use your same ticket to go and laze about on the tiny beach. It's a real suntrap with one single beach hut, which was inhabited by the lady who owns it when we visited (oh and a dassie on the roof sunbathing). The penguins come onto this part of the beach too, so you can observe them closer up. It's the better part of the beach, in my opinion, and a great way to see the penguins.

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    Brianna Auza
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Penguin watching at the breathtaking Boulders Beach is truly a magical experience. Set against the backdrop of Capetown's turquoise waters, these adorable creatures will surely steal your heart.

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    Arit NC
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    There are penguins here. I shouldn't have to say anything more than that. Honestly, they are some of the most fascinating creatures to observe in their natural habitat. We took the train from the center of Cape Town for about an hour to Simonstown, and then walked to the beach. It was a longer trip, but the experience of getting there was a nice prelude to the wonder that is this penguin-filled beach.

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    Heather Prime
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    I love animals. Getting to get so close to these little penguins while enjoying a great beach was the ultimate experience. The beach itself is scattered with boulder and rock creations and the water is shallow, clear and mellow. Perfect for wading around to see the penguins sun themselves!

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    Keith Favreau
    4 Jul 05, 2012

    You have to stop to see the penguins. There is no other place to see these little guys. After ward head to Kalk Bay for a meal

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    Mel S Wong
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Close encounters with the penguins at the Foxy Beach/Boulders Beach complex near Simonstown. Boulders Beach is intended for humans mostly but not to say an occassionally happy feet may swim by to say hello. On the Foxy beach side, Humans on land meander through a serious of boardwalk to get up close and personal w the penguin colonies. What an awesome experience with these fun little flightless birds!

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  • Boulders Beach
    Ben
    5 Jul 07, 2014

    Boulders Beach near Simons Town in Cape Town South Africa is an excellent example of the kind of beautiful beaches that cover the South African coast. Fine white sand contrasts with ocean smoothed boulders baking in the sun at the waters edge here. There is even a charming local population of "jackass" penguins to be found here; and they just love swimming with humans. These protected creatures should be respected as much as they are admired, as they are only found in a handful of locations besides Boulders Beach. For a day at the beach you are sure to remember fondly, head on over to Boulders Beach the next time you are in South Africa.

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There is no question that the 3,000 African penguins who hang out here own this piece of Simon’s Town; you just get to visit. Walkways along this seashore keep you from disturbing the nesting sites but you still get very close to these bold and captivating birds. Few things are more adorable than a penguin. A whole colony of them can overwhelm the brain’s cuteness receptor but Boulder’s Beach is ... read more
worth the risk.

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