Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Cape Town

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Meet African penguins at Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, a series of sandy coves separated by granite rocks. Part of Table Mountain National Park, the beach has had an influx of visitors since 1982, when the colony of penguins was formed. Hanging out on the picturesque beach, you can observe the charming animals at close range or snap a few memorable photos. If you come on a warm day, try swimming alongside the penguins, but resist the urge to reach out and touch them--though not considered dangerous, these animals are wild and could become agitate if you invade their privacy. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony and many more Cape Town attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cape Town tour planner.
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  • For the sake of this beach with penguins, I did not go to Vinelands, but returned from Fish hoek to Simonstown. The penguin colony that exists here has been artificially formed since 1982. The... 
    For the sake of this beach with penguins, I did not go to Vinelands, but returned from Fish hoek to Simonstown. The penguin colony that exists here has been artificially formed since 1982. The...  more »
  • I didn’t quite get it ? 585 rand for our family to enter and you’re crammed on the wooden walkway to view the penguins. It takes less than 10 mins to cover the area. I guess this is great if you... 
    I didn’t quite get it ? 585 rand for our family to enter and you’re crammed on the wooden walkway to view the penguins. It takes less than 10 mins to cover the area. I guess this is great if you...  more »
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  • Great parking location. We then chose to walked along the wooden footpath not knowing what to expect. We could see nests along the way and great views. On reaching the signpost to enter for penguins we paid and was told we could use the same tickets at the main entrance to see the colonies. I do admit I thought we would see penguins. We managed to see one on the shore and we stayed an hour to enjoy the beach. We walked back along the wooden footpath and got to the entrance for the main colonies. It was spectacular. They are beautiful, well kept and happy feet! Its absolutely worth the visit!
  • The Boulders Penguin Colony helps to conserve the African Penguin ( or Jackass Penguin) which is now an endangered species. You can pay to into the colony - free entrance of you have a Wildcard. You can also see the penguins as you walk along the path - this is a well maintained planked walkway. You can see some penguins nesting close to the fence. There is another path through a gate which leads to beautiful spots where you can picnic on the rocks and swim in the bay. Beautiful clean white sandy beaches.

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