Boulders Beach

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by meadowlark on February 6, 2003

Boulders Beach claims to be home to the only mainland penguin colony. We saw around 20 sunning themselves on the boulders, a half-dozen swimming in the pools by the boulders, and probably close to a hundred nesting in the underbrush on a short paved trail that goes past the kiosk if you don't turn off to go down the beach.

The jackass penguins didn't appear to be threatened by humans and do not seem to mind people sitting on the boulders with them for pictures. I wouldn't suggest trying to feed or touch them because they are wild, but you can get reasonable close to see the detail of their scale-like feathers. We saw a couple of people swimming in the waters--(which were quite cold) and others playing in the sand on the small beach.

On the little paved path the underbrush is fenced in with a chain-link fence; through this it is easy to see the nesting penguins, who surprisingly dig holes in the ground for their nests. We even got a glimpse at the white speckled--(possibly just dirt) eggs when a few of the nesting penguins readjusted their sitting in our view.

Boulders Beach is also a nice place to have dinner at the Penguin Point Cafe. When we came back to our car after dinner the penguins were up on the concrete to catch some of the remaining warmth. Boulder's Beach is within a 5-10 minute drive of Simon's Town.

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

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