Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is one of the most popular destinations in South Africa thanks to its unique residents: a colony of land-based endangered African penguins, the only penguins on the continent!

Boulders Beach itself is a stunning location with three pristine beaches and huge ancient granite boulders which give the beach its name. Thanks to the boulders the beach is a wonderfully sheltered spot and great for swimming, so pack a picnic – you’ll want to stay all day!

Please note: You must pickup the original tickets from Beach Hut Ice Cream parlour in Simonstown, approximately 200m from the entrance to the Boulders Penguin Colony or from the Cape Point Ostrich farm (close to the Cape Point entrance).  
Address: 6 Kleintuin Rd Simon's Town Cape Town 7995 South Africa

Highlights:

  • Colony of land-based African penguins
  • Three pristine beaches
  • Penguin viewing area
  • 3 boardwalks
  • Huge boulders

The Experience:

Visiting Boulders Beach with the family is a great day out. Not only are there three beaches to choose from with pristine white sand and lovely calm waters in which to swim, but your fellow beach mates are what make it really special. Head over to the boardwalks to get the best shots but don’t forget: they may look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors so please don’t try and pet them as they won’t think twice about giving you a warning bite!

The Boulders Penguin Colony was first recorded in 1956 at a count of 150,000 breeding pairs. At another count in 2009, there were only 26,000. Considered an endangered animal, this might be your only time to see them.

There is no best time of year to visit, even though summer time has the best weather, as the penguins will always be around. You will find less of them on shore during September and October as this is when they are mainly feeding out at sea, but if you visit in January you’ll be able to see the fluffy babies starting to moult.

Whatever time of year, usually planning a visit in the early hours of the morning or later in the afternoon will guarantee more photo opportunities as the beach will be less busy. Plan to head over at low tide when there is more beach space, too.

Remember – the beach is a Marine Protected Area, so leave no trace and don’t take anything with you.

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Winter (April - September)
Monday 08.00 - 17.00
Tuesday 08.00 - 17.00
Wednesday 08.00 - 17.00
Thursday 08.00 - 17.00
Friday 08.00 - 17.00
Saturday 08.00 - 17.00
Sunday 08.00 - 17.00
Summer (October - March)
Monday 08.00 - 18.30
Tuesday 08.00 - 18.30
Wednesday 08.00 - 18.30
Thursday 08.00 - 18.30
Friday 08.00 - 18.30
Saturday 08.00 - 18.30
Sunday 08.00 - 18.30

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Address:

1 Kleintuin Road, Simon's Town, Cape Town

Telephone:

+27 21 786 2329

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