Boulders Beach

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Simon's Town, South Africa

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irenem irenem
153 reviews
Boulders Beach Feb 12, 2017
After the Cape of Good Hope our tour continued to Boulders Beach. We passed a lovely craft market on the walk from the car park to the beach. I bought another giraffe here on the walk back.

Boulders Beach is home to a large colony of African penguins. These used to be called jackass penguins because of the sound they make. I had thought that it was possible to go right next to the penguins on Boulders Beach, but this is not the case. You stay on a board walk and observe them from behind a fence. This is probably better for the penguins.

There were hundreds of penguins: some sunning themselves, some swimming, some nesting, some fighting, some mating, some waddling from place to place. I could have happily watched them for hours.

The scenery from Boulders Beach is very beautiful. On the way back to the car, we stopped for some ice-cream.
Penguins at Boulders Bay.
Penguins at Boulders Bay
Penguins at Boulders Bay
Boulders Bay
AdamR3723 says:
We visited this place in 2003, and were amazed and delighted by the penguins. The smeel that they made was overpoweringly fishy. Did you find that?
Posted on: Feb 12, 2017
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S-Jay S-Jay
44 reviews
Boulders Penguin Colony Jun 09, 2014
A beach is a beach or so they say. However this beautiful and seemingly insignificant beach just around the corner from Simons Town is one of Cape Town's biggest tourist attractions, possibly due to the thousand-strong African penguin colony living in and around the dunes and boulders or for its panoramic views.

Boulders Beach is a sheltered cove with white sand that feels like cotton underneath the feet, along side massive granite boulders. Being situated on the side of the Indian ocean, sea water is a little warmer than the fresh temperatures of Cape Town's Atlantic Ocean beaches

Boulders Beach and neighbouring Foxy Beach are home to a colony of some thousand African penguins.

To view these beautiful, graceful creatures you pay a small fee to enter the Boulders Beach Reserve area for a small fee. I say small because the conversion from UK Pound£ to SA RandR is very reasonable with our conversion rate.

Entry Fee: Adults R45 Children age 2-11 R20. (However I'm The penguin colony has grown rapidly over the years and its even now possible to see a few penguins for free on sure this could/will change)

After you have paid your free you are free to walk across the well planned boardwalks leading you to two viewing points of the penguin colonies. The flightless birds roam freely around the area with the routes entailing nesting boxes, so you can get close to them for your David Baily shot!
Can you see them?
Resting near the nesting boxes
Catching the rays
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chasingclouds chasingc…
9 reviews
Penguins are really smelly, but awesome. Aug 15, 2011
I drove to Simon's town on a scooter from Green Point - If you are driving, I highly recommend Chapmans Peak Drive - one of the worlds most beautiful drives. For 10km the road is carved into the mountain on one side, dropping hundreds of metres into the oean on the other. Plenty of viewpoints to stop at along the way! There is a toll for using the road - R20 for a scooter each way not sure about a car though.

The town itself is small and pretty, ideal location for staying in a couple of nights to relax and see some of the world most beautiful scenery.

Boulders beach is incredible, It's almost too perfect! If you are lucky you will see the penguins on the beach, although when I was there they were all chilling out in the bushes (you can still see them all on the boardwalk) There are many different beaches at the main car park so make sure you check them all out, some are recreational and then there is one that is the best for viewing (Foxy Beach). There is a small cafe next to the gift shop- get a chocolate milkshake there, best. thing. ever.
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keldilouise keldilou…
5 reviews
hidden gem Jun 09, 2011
This tiny little beach was a great find, it's hidden away in simonstown, cape town. It was 40rand entry and was worth every bit ! There are hundreds of little jackass african penguins walking/swimming around literally next to you, I managed to get some great very close-up pictures. Well worth a visit if your around that area.
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arnoudhofman arnoudho…
7 reviews
Watch the African Penguin Sep 04, 2009
At Boulders Beach you can find one of the two colonies of African Penguins, also known as Jackass Penguins. The numbers of Penguins in South Africa have rapidly declined due to the guano harvest (sold as fertilizer) on the islands they breed upon. They used the guano to build they nests in. Without it they have to build their nests in the open and the eggs are vulnerable to predators. Several organisations are trying to protect the penguins from extinction. They place artificial glasfiber nests in the colonies that protect the eggs from predators.

Boulders Beach is the best known place to watch the penguins. There is a ticketbox where you have to pay an entrance fee, after which you can walk across a wooden walkway through the colony.

Downside: it's a very popular atraction, often crowded by busloads of tourists.
African Penguin
African Penguins
Penguin couple in fiberglass nest
Young Penguin
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ejames01 says:
Great shots!! South Africa is on my to do list of places to visit.

Posted on: Sep 04, 2009

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