Boulders Beach, Simon's Town

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Meet African penguins at Boulders Beach, 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 and many more Cape Town attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Cape Town tour planner .
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  • Surprising to see these little penguins, quietly watching the tourists. A site to visit.
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  • We very much enjoyed our excursion south of the city onto the peninsula of the Cape. After paying a small entrance fee a boardwalk leads on to a large African penguin colony on either side. Some pengu...  more »
  • There were a lot of people there when we visited so the boardwalk was very crowded and it was difficult to get any decent photographs. You're kept away from the penguins too so you're not actually on ...  more »

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