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Boulders Beach

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Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town 7995, 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 7995, South Africa
+27 21 786 2329
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Reviewed yesterday

Be prepared to have sand blown in your face, hair, eyes, etc. It can be very crowded. We stopped here for lunch and to see the penguins. We did not have much time, due to a leisurely luncheon. The penguins were mating and molting, which...More

Thank morelqueen
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to see the supposedly endangered African Penguin, you need to go here. It's located in residential area but has grown into a tourist trap with lots of shops selling 'genuine' Made in India, African souvenirs. The best souvenir is the ice cream...More

1  Thank Alec P
Reviewed 3 days ago

We didn't pay attention the first time we went and payed the entrance fee even though this is actually free for wildcard holders! Once you pay there is no refunds. Either way, this place is awesome!! We went early in the morning when there were...More

Thank Jolie J
Reviewed 3 days ago

You walk over a path of decking over the beach to see hundreds and hundreds of penguins. So cute and the beach, rocks and sea are a perfect backdrop to seeing these little darlings waddling around. Quiet perfect. I just stood staring and staring at...More

Thank juliaelizabethann
Reviewed 3 days ago

Fabulous close up views of the penguin colony on the beach. Boardwalks and viewing platforms with information boards on the penguins

Thank susieBirmingham
Reviewed 4 days ago

definitely a unique opportunity to see penguins without traveling too far (or going to a zoo). we visited in early dec at around noon. we rented a car and parking was pretty lucky/straightforward. they charged us 75 Rand per person to access the beach where...More

Thank Ziqing W
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Did you know there are penguins living in Africa? I did not know before I came here. I think these might be the ones used as a prototype for movie «Madagascar» :D The ones that like warmth. The Boulders Beach African colony is located on...More

1  Thank rgrizane
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The main attraction is the sanctuary for African penguins. There's a well built wooden boardwalk that allows visitors to approach the penguins nearer. There's sufficient information boards to educate visitors on the penguins. The sandy beach is ideal for spending more time and allows visitors...More

Thank CKY281
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

You will not get to touch penguins or swim with penguins. This is a major misunderstanding people have about Boulder Beach. The reality is that the sandy areas, where the penguins congregate and hang out, is fenced in and can only be viewed from behind...More

1  Thank Fiona O
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We parked at boulders beach walk along boardwalk and to the beach just fantastic ! As they were molting not much activity! We loved the light house restaurant and the museum is a must to understand this area .

Thank Sedge2013
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10 December 2017|
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Response from rgrizane | Reviewed this property |
hi, there are 2 entrances- one for beach, other for viewing. If you go to beach, check tides- @ low tide there is more space. There is a restaurant/ cafe close to beach entrance. December is busy, parking might be an... More
6 November 2017|
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Response from Maxine N | Reviewed this property |
Yes for sure !!
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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