A Day at Boulders Beach
To see a waddling penguin in real life is such a treat! These beautiful and remarkable birds attract thousands of visitors to their famous home each year, Boulders Beach.
Boulders consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. Fascinatingly, it is one of the only destinations in the world that you can get up close and personal with the African Penguin.
Located on Kleintuin Road in Simon’s Town, Boulders is easy to travel to. You’re looking at about 50 minutes travel time from the V & A Waterfront.
Best time to visit
From the end of January to August, as this is when the adults gear up for breeding season and the chicks can be found moulting on the beach. As they are feeding at sea during September, you may not see as many.
Good to know
Special boardwalks have been placed on the beach where one can walk along and take pictures and enjoy the scenery. The boardwalks were built as a measure to allow for viewing of these wonderful birds, whilst keeping them safe from poking and prodding, so please be sure to stay on the boardwalks at all times within the viewing area. Visitors are kindly encouraged to not touch or feed the penguins.
What to pack
Your swimming costume: The ancient granite boulders protect the beach from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot! This beach is also great for children as large boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves – but please always take care.
A picnic basket: If you’re an in-house guest of Cape Grace, be sure to chat to our team about arranging a gourmet picnic basket for your day out.
A small fee of R65 is payable upon usage of the boardwalks. This goes towards the conservation and upkeep of the African Penguins.
Discover Simon’s Town and surrounds
Make it a day out and visit one of the pleasant cafés, antique shops, museums and more.
For more information contact:
South African National Parks
Tel: +27 (0)12 428 9111
Photo courtesy of Cape Town Tourism.
Blog post by: Zoe Gruss