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Boulders Beach

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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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Kleintuin Rd | What3words: ///sectional.twitch.peacocks, Simon's Town 7995, South Africa
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Thought it was a bit expensive but still, we were on holiday and you can't not go to Boulders Beach! We went to the visitor centre part but the centre itself was closed for refurbishment. Penguins all the way! Without the visitor centre open it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Marvin H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

What a place.. Wow.. This is a must.. I recommend doing an all day tour to: Muizenberg or st. James beach (the colored huts by the beach), then pass by boulders beach to see the incredible penguins.. After that go to cape point (& maybe...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A must visit, well organised, lots of smelly penguins - but they are lovely, fascinating to watch. Allow just over an hour. They do have a disable access route which is great.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank UKMary611
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I took the local train to Simons town from Cape town It costs onley 35 R for a ticket with return. From the trainstation you walk for about 35 minutes to Boulder Beach and the pinguines. Admission is 155 R for foreign visitors. You than...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Fredrika_9
Reviewed 5 days ago

Boulders Beach was located about a mile down the road from our Guesthouse accommodations, so easily accessible. Great to see these birds and was please that there are strict controls in place to protect their chosen breeding ground.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ca55y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Loved it! Yes its touristy but not at all the feeling of a tourist trap. Visitors remain respectfull to the penguins, the penguins just pose, and play, and are. So glad I did visit here! Very much worth it

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Spader2
Reviewed 1 week ago

Swimming with penguins? YES! This beach is TINY, but it is amazing. This is a must do if you are visiting Cape Town. Make sure you walk all the way across the beach, and go under the boulders to get to the other side, where...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 1999pt
Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend living in Johannesburg told me his family visited Cape Town but only saw 4 penguins... what we've since learned is that they didn't actually walk all the way to Boulders Beach (haha) so don't make that mistake--if you're not looking at a couple...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank west0909
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Gorgeous, unique and quaint beach with some adjoining smaller, sheltered beaches, amidst rocks and penguins! Great for young children and safe swimming.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Avril0902
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great to see the hundreds of penguins living in this beautiful bay. Lots of people on the boardwalks make it difficult to get the perfect pictures but believe you can also visit the adjacent bays to get more up close and personal

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary S
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Omgafrica
8 January 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
14 November 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
14 November 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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