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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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  • I actually visited Simon's Town back in 2019 and had a blast seeing the penguins up close. They are a friendly lot and seem to be indifferent to the tourists gawking around them. The town itself is... 
    I actually visited Simon's Town back in 2019 and had a blast seeing the penguins up close. They are a friendly lot and seem to be indifferent to the tourists gawking around them. The town itself is...  more »
  • Adorable penguin colony. Line was long. We were lucky to arrive at a good time. I don't know if I would have waited in the line I saw as we left. See it if you can! 
    Adorable penguin colony. Line was long. We were lucky to arrive at a good time. I don't know if I would have waited in the line I saw as we left. See it if you can!  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!
  • A little pricey at R420 for international tourists, but well worth the visit and they're doing a lot to raise awareness and encourage breeding. Parking is just about 100m from the entrance and you can get up close to the penguins, whilst not disturbing them too much. There's 2 walkways - one that takes you to the penguins on the beach, another to explore the burrows and cute chicks. There's toilets and a great shop, plus locals selling trinkets by the car park ... and a cafe / ice cream place!

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