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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  • A wonderful walk along the balcony overlooking the beach with hundreds of little penguins and a marvellous view over the boulders.  more »
  • A good well maintained walkway along the beach through the penguin colony area. Lots of penguins nesting and swimming in the bay.  more »
  • On a visit to the Cape of good hope, our tour continued in the popular Boulders Beach, white sand beach where you can walk around and put your feet in the water and if you're lucky to see some Penguin escaped from the nearby colony. Nearby is instead Foxi Beach where penguins watching is quite unique, a large colony of these furry and funny and a bit funny! The visit is extra but everything is well organized, shame about the excessive influx of people that could use some regulated to appreciate more the visit ... in silence and not in the General chatter. This is what disappoints more ... but the thrill of seeing these strange animals with little ones makes you forget that too! Lots of photos
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