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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 2 days ago via mobile

Paid 70 rand to go see these little guys but it was worth it. The penguins were EVERYWHERE and it was amazing to see them swim out of the water or just simply walk around. I would have loved to actually get on the beach...More

Thank Crystal M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We came to Boulders Beach as part of our Cape Peninsula Tour. The small entrance fee of 70R pp is worth the visit as I haven't seen so many African penguins in the wild before. Just love the way they waddle! They look so cute!

Thank MiriamChan
Reviewed 2 days ago

Was here with the family (of 5), and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We have visited places in New Zealand, for example, to look at penguins but this is a really nice one for getting up close to them.

Thank WengKeeLeong
Reviewed 3 days ago

Drive a few minutes out of Cape Town, park the car and walk less than 10 minutes down a safe boardwalk - and there they are - several (at least a hundred) African penguins sunning themselves, swimming and so close. Easily accessible for seniors. Go...More

Thank SNottIN
Reviewed 4 days ago 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 4 days ago 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 1 week 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 1 week 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
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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?
19 June 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?
4 March 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?
2 January 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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