Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • LizaB
    Las Vegas, Nevada527 contributions
    Who doesn’t love penguins?
    Who doesn’t love penguins? How can anyone complain about the price when the money helps protect the penguins? Paying 375 Rand for 2 is not expensive to see these adorable birds. We visited in 2016 and 7 years later still enjoyed it. I can honestly say, there are more birds now than in 2016. Conservation pays off. We loved watching them walk, swim, and sleep standing up. Despite the strong winds, they stood strong. Yes, it is touristy but worth a visit when in Cape Town.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 14, 2023
  • suntan47
    Chelmsford, United Kingdom945 contributions
    Wonderful to see
    Paid to visit as an “ optional “ trip with our Tour Company, this included Cape of Good Hope & The Lighthouse. What can I say ? If you like / love penguins this is a must do trip . This is their home and it was wonderful to see them . They come so close to the boardwalk it would have been easy to reach out & pet them ……thankfully not one person did, which showed a lot of respect & self restraint. To see them going about their daily lives was brilliant. There were lots of Mums to be sitting on eggs , there were a few with very small chicks too. They were a joy to visit . Husband almost had to drag me away . I could have spent the day here !!! Well worth the price we paid for the trip . The area was busy but not overwhelmingly crowded, people stepped back to let others have a better view , there were Rangers on hand to oversee everything.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • George2812
    Athens, Greece511 contributions
    Nice experience
    The tourist offices usually include Simon's town in the Cape point full day tour. It is a nice stop where you see the African penguin. The view in the beach is lovely. Entrance fee was covered from the office.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Bechara C
    Lebanon596 contributions
    A must visit
    Visited it as a part of an organized tour with city Sightseeing as part of the day tour to the Cape of Good Hope. Boulders beach is considered a natural reserve and well organized for that purpose. You see the Penguins closely but it’s better not to touch them. It’s better to pick a sunny day and for sure at the end, the souvenir shop has plenty of options to buy
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Ivanelofanich
    Cardiff, United Kingdom140 contributions
    Wild penguins! What's not to like?
    There is a car park close to the beach where a man will look after your car for a tip. A short walk to the beach. You walk along the boardwalk to view the penguins. This is not a zoo. You are viewing the penguins in their natural habitat and it's so lovely to watch them. At the time of our visit, they also had chicks in their nests and it was interesting to watch the interaction between mother and chicks.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Kari S
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin228 contributions
    Fascinating
    We staying in Simonstown (whale song airbnb) and walked down here to watch the penguins. I could have seriously stayed all day, so much going on with them! They do a good job of keeping the humans off of their breeding beach.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • KBhols73
    Glasgow, United Kingdom48 contributions
    Penguin heaven
    Amazing watching the penguins in their natural habitat. We could have stayed all day. Fairly quiet when we went so no problem seeing them busy at work. The boardwalk is well designed and protects the penguins. Well worth a visit for us - not many places in the world you can see them naturally in action.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 18, 2023
  • Gill P
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom92 contributions
    You are Guaranteed Penguins !
    We went along hoping to see at least one penguin not realising that you are practically guaranteed to see loads. If you go along at 3pm ish you will see more as the ones that have been out at sea are returning to their nests. Amazing nature ! Could have stayed there for hours.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
  • smvNYC
    New York City, New York342 contributions
    Great place
    It is a unique experience to to see the African penguins come and go. When we visited, several pairs had small chicks. One has to pay a fee and it was annoying to wait in line to do so while large groups were ushered in (I guess they had prepaid). However once inside it did not sem crowded.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 17, 2023
  • hallimad
    Rugby, United Kingdom18 contributions
    Lovely sight!
    It is a wonderful sight to see. Was quite busy when we went but the boardwalk offers lots of opportunity to view the penguins. We paid to walk down the boardwalk but you can walk further to the right of the entrance and view for free. The entrance fee isn’t extortionate and goes towards supporting the Penguin colony.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 14, 2023
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Céline Diving
3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Very Nice experience early in the morning! one hour and half of visit to meet the babies with less people and a quiet ambiance.
Written February 16, 2024
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Julian B
Gibraltar12 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We spent a few hours in the morning here. Get here early to avoid the crowds. It’s worth paying to get into the beach and you can go for a swim in the beautiful beach. You will find lots of penguins scattered around and be able to take photos right next to them.
A wonderful location and lovely experience.
Written February 15, 2024
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Jens M
Vaerloese, Denmark69 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
I first visited here 26 years ago and remember it to this day. Now returning with my own family there was no way I wasn't going to make a repeat visit to show my kids. Well worth the entry fee (although I don't remember there actually being an entry fee 26 years earlier).
Written February 5, 2024
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Happiness13795787840
3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
After having waited my entire life to finally get up close to the penguins I was sorry I made the trip. The entry fee for US citizens is a bit excessive and the walk to the actual viewing area is a ways. The viewing area is very small and the total time spent seeing the penguins is less than the total time it takes to walk back and forth from the main entrance!
Written February 5, 2024
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Adhina
South Africa110 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
This is a must visit, although geared for tourists there is a local rate as well. Was a little overcast when we visited but still enjoyed viewing the penguins in their habitat. My child left with a new obsession for these little tuxedo birds
Written January 31, 2024
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Keith T
Weymouth, UK146 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Had a lovely day out here seeing the penguins at boulders beach. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Highly recommended 👍🏻
Written January 28, 2024
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Pat S
17 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
Got Uber from Cape Town and enjoyed coastal trip - honestly the penguins were fine nothing unexpected tbh - people need to get a grip saw many people harassing them for a selfie - we found a quiet spot to sunbathe and a penguin came to us! Got ice cream at shop and chilled
Written January 20, 2024
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John P
United Kingdom36 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing number of Jackal penguins - yes they sound like jackals! At least a proper number of penguins. There is an entrance fee and they have built a walkway to keep us humans out from getting too close - but still lovely to see these little guys waddling on a hot beach in South Africa
Written January 20, 2024
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marguerete r
Kitwe, Zambia70 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a truly magical experience and love to see wild animals in their natural habitat rather then a Zoo as such. Overall very good experience and definitely worth a full day with some leisure time at the beach. It was magical to swim in between these amazing species and see them enjoying their natural homes.
Written January 16, 2024
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Irma R
1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Family
Hello everyone,

On January 6th, I visited Boulders Beach with the excitement of reuniting with my beautiful penguins. However, what my eyes witnessed filled me with anger, disappointment, and horror.

The beach was crowded with people, breaking all the rules of the place. Gazebos invading the beach, picnic tables, people with small rowing boats, children bothering the penguins without supervision, and a crowd following the few penguins on the beach. I saw these adorable animals stumbling among shoes, falling from rocks as they tried to avoid people. What are we doing to our nature?

I saw penguins on a small island, confused and unable to return to their resting place due to the crowd. They couldn't swim without being chased for a photo. I cried witnessing this. Why do we allow this to happen? Why don't we follow the rules? It seems that the interest is purely economic, regardless of the suffering of these poor penguins.

There should be a limit on entries, a guard to enforce the rules, and above all, leave these animals alone. I found plastic bags that I picked up myself, turning what should have been a pleasure for my family and me into the deepest disappointment and sadness.

Please, let's raise our voices so that this does not continue this way. We need to change this for the sake of our nature and these precious penguins!
Written January 15, 2024
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