Visiting the African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach

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Boulders beach, located near the historical naval base town of Simon’s Town, is home to an endangered colony of the cutest African Penguins, one of the only colonies in the world. It’s impossible not to fall in love with these adorable waddling webbed birds.

It is great fun to watch these birds going about their daily business, preening and sunning themselves and waddling along the beach like an old married couple. When they enter the water they are like tuxedoed torpedoes and can swim up to 24km/hour. This is a great stop off on a day trip from Cape Point Nature Reserve

Boulders beach forms part of Table Mountain National Park and consists of three pristine beaches, three wooden boardwalks and a viewing platform, easily accessed with a pram. The entrance fee contributes to the conservation of the endangered African penguins.

African Penguins at Boluders Beach

African Penguins at Boluders Beach

It is a wonderful beach for children, the massive boulders protect the waters from wind, waves, currents and provides a calm swimming environment. The water is also warmer and you will find small rock pools and sandy coves to explore, perfect for the little ones to play in.

Please do not feed or touch the penguins as they can bite. Park rangers patrol the area to ensure the safety of visitors and the penguins. Guided Tours are offered by knowledgeable Table Mountain National Park staff.
In peak summer times parking can be limited so arrive early morning or late afternoon if possible. There are no cafés or restaurants in the reserve but plenty to choose from in nearby Simon’s Town.

Do not miss an opportunity to visit these heart-warming birds and swim with them in the ocean. It is a wonderful experience for everyone.

African Penguin at Boulders Beach

African Penguin at Boulders Beach

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