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“Immerse yourself amongst the African Penguins”
Review of Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 10 April 2014

Cost R55 /person for entrance. Keep the ticket as there are two separate access points.

Main sign posted car park takes you to the mass-tourist section, you walk around on fenced platforms around beach. You get to see the penguins, some of them very close but restricted to the paths.

More interesting and intimate part is from the 2nd car park (5 mins walk away), where you can enter the beach direct with the same ticket. You'll need to crawl under boulders and scramble over rocks, but it's worth the effort as you'll be literally standing amongst the penguins, some of them a meter away. Fun place to take the kids!

Probably intentionally spread out to keep majority away from their beach habitat, which we agree with. We saw Dassies and Mangoose too, targetting their eggs. We were informed that Penguin numbers are on decline, mainly due to pollution at sea and less abundant source of food. I hope this reserve manages to re-balance this somewhat.

3  Thank BlueTak
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Clearly we visited when too many others were. The penguins are fascinating, and it is interesting to see them living so close to humans. They seem well protected. It is a lovely site, but rather spoiled by being too closely located by a defence facility, and surrounded by market stalls etc. Still worth visiting to observe the penguins.

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Extremely fun to watch the penguins and an amazing restaurant on the top of the hill for when you're done!

1  Thank Sarah G
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Reviewed 9 April 2014 via mobile

The Penguin population is declining at the tip of Africa. Do not miss these adorable little creatures! See their burrows, hear their calls and watch their funny interactions. Splendid!

1  Thank Kathy V
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We didn't go to Boulders Beach because we found out that there were also penguins on the beach next to Boulders Beach. It's also a place where many locals spend there weekends swimming and socializing, a nice, cosy small beach

1  Thank ElsWierenga
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