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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  • What an incredible experience! A reasonable entry fee to spend time with thousands (around 3000) penguins who were being their awesome selves! Curious little birds though not overly inquisitive. A... 
    What an incredible experience! A reasonable entry fee to spend time with thousands (around 3000) penguins who were being their awesome selves! Curious little birds though not overly inquisitive. A...  more »
  • I was very much looking forward to visiting Boulders Beach and was not disappointed. The penguins are comical as they marched up and down the beach, and in and out of the water/ surf. My... 
    I was very much looking forward to visiting Boulders Beach and was not disappointed. The penguins are comical as they marched up and down the beach, and in and out of the water/ surf. My...  more »
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  • Stunning natural environment for the penguins to enjoy their sunbathing and swimming. This is a dream and I love going to visit the penguins. Most of the areas are gated off where you shouldn’t walk to leave the penguins to have a safe breeding zone. Pro tip: I’ve paid to go inside the area and wouldn’t necessarily recommend paying. You can go visit them for free if you go towards the left from the parking lot. Go towards the beach and you’ll see plenty of penguins sunbathing, swimming and hanging by their dens. Pro pro tip: bring a blanket and picnic because it’s a beach. You’ll get to hang out with them and have a good time with friends or a romantic date.
  • Great place to get in touch with nature.

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