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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town
"Cape of Good Hope is the most South-Western Point of Africa. It is the meeting place of the two currents the Cold Benguela and the Warm Agulhas Currents. As your itinerary is flexible allow your guide to assist in making your holiday memories of this magnificent land. This Tour could last a minimum of 4 hours and maximum 8 hours. All entrance fees are included as follows : Toll fee R42Seals Island Penguins Colony and Cape Point. All Tours depart from your hotel/guesthouse at your own flexible time ( recommend to depart between 9am and 1pm). The tour will go along the following route whereby your qualified South African flag badge tourist guide will make sure that no stone will not be left unturned. Below you will find a sample itinerary
From ZAR2,000.00
 
Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town
"Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point Clifton and Camps Bay stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay a quaint village and fishing harbour with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal) (not incl. in cost). On through Chapman's Peak one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives to Cape Point and the Good Hope Nature Reserve which has magnificent fynbos vegetation
From ZAR730.00
 
Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town
"This is an awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point. Magnificent beaches breathtaking views historic and picturesque coastal villages are to be seen along the way. The Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s most scenic areas and stretches from the City Center to Cape Point. Travel along the Atlantic Seaboard via Sea Point Clifton and Camps Bay stopping at a Llandudno look-out point before continuing to Hout Bay a quaint village and fishing harbor with magnificent mountain views and beach. Optional: Seal Island boat trip (seasonal weather permitting) (not included in cost). On through Chapman’s Peak
From ZAR970.00

Penguins - Boulders Beach Tips (74)

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is most famous for its colony of African penguins. These are some of the cutest (and clumsiest) creatures you'll ever see and there are hundreds of them on the beach. But even without the penguins Boulders beach would be a beautiful place as you can see on the picture.

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AndreSTGT
Jan 29, 2004

Penguins

On a great day you can combine lovely scenery as well as a close up look at the penguins.

What is amazing is that they are so close to a built up area and seem really unconcerned about people walking about in their midst.

We were there when they were nesting and were lucky enough to see a few babies.

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Dodo22
Nov 01, 2003

Penguins at the Boulder Coastal Park

Go towards the beach of the Boulder Coastal Park and walk between the ropes and between the penguins. There were lot’s of penguins walking around here and you could get very close to them.

One thing to remind it's here not give way from right but give way for the penguins. They are as curious to us as we to them.

The penguins you see here weigh between 2,1 to 3,7 kilo’s and are a 50 cm high.

The Boulder colony started in 1983 with a pair of African Penguins on the Foxy beach at Boulders and in 1997 they counted already 2350 adult birds. This due to migration from Dyer Island and reproduction.

For more information and photos see my travelogue: A daytrip in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

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Alain_Smeets
Aug 31, 2003

Penguins

You have to see the penguins near Boulders beach. You are not allowed on to the beach but there are boardwalks built so you can get a good view of all the penguins. Further along there is a lovely beach where you can relax and swim. You will probably also see penguins on the rocks here as well. It is a rare experience to swim with penguins and they are quite used to their human visitors. There is a small entry fee and is not suitable for the less able as there are a lot of stairs.

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Jul 21, 2003
 
 
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Check out the Penguins

There's a colony of Cape Jackass Penguins just outside the city accessible from Boulders Beach below Simonstown. Just a few years ago, the colony was a few hundred penguins watched over by a self-appointed volunteer naturalist. Now there is a visitor's center and series of handicap-accessible boardwalks to ease penguin viewing while protecting them and their eggs. Now the colony is a few thousand. Nearby there's even a road sign to alert motorists that penguins cross the road (why? -- to get to the other side, of course!).

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SESM
Jul 03, 2003

Penguins in Africa!

On this special stretch of beach you can get a close look at a colony of African penguins. These penguins usually do not live on the mainland, but on islands off the South African coast. This is the only place on the mainland where you can spot these birds.

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Alice-Kees
Jun 30, 2003

If you like birds with...

If you like birds with flippers or is it called mammals, well, to be specific … penguins, check out Boulders Beach, located near Simon Town, a quaint seaside resort.
Don't they look cute ... I think this pair are twins!

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Kallista
Sep 12, 2002

If you like the penguins, I'm...

If you like the penguins, I'm sure you will like seals too. The next day, early in the morning, after breakfast, we drove to Hout Bay, passing through Clifton … a place to be and to be seen, with many expensive beach properties, Camps Bay … tucked in at the base of the Twelve Apostles, Sandy Bay and ending at Hout Bay. We walked around this little town, checking out the locally made goodies spread on the ground, before embarking on a boat ride from Hout Bay to Seal Island. The waves at Seal Island were very choppy but I managed to get a couple of shots of … the seals, of course!

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Kallista
Sep 12, 2002

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Boulders Beach Penguin...

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary
On the road to the Cape of Good Hope, stop at Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary. It's a breeding ground for the local species (the amusingly named jackass penguin), where you can get VERY up close and personal with the birds. Look hard for a little sign along the road that points to the bird sanctuary--well worth a stop!

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travelmad478
Aug 25, 2002

This is a delightful area to...

This is a delightful area to spend some of your holiday and a visit to the rare African Jackass Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach, a couple of kilometres out of Simon’s Town, should not be missed.
This is a place of beauty : a landscape of boulders, beaches, bush and birds set beside the clear waters of False bay. the park is a very popular family recreation area but most of all it is famous as perhaps the easiest place in the world to make the acquaintance of penguins.

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filipdebont
Aug 24, 2002

Go and see the penguins. They...

Go and see the penguins. They are the cutest things!
A little more than ten years ago, a couple of little penguins washed up on the beach that we regularly visited. We would often go down searching for them. Every summer we would return and there would be more. It would be loads of fun swimming in the sea with them. However, there are so many now, they are protected. It's all very organised now and a huge tourist attraction.

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susie_fr
Aug 24, 2002

Penquins at Boulders Beach

The beach is beautiful and the penquins were a great source of amusement as they strutted their stuff.

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canuck68
Nov 28, 2011

Things to Do Near Cape Town

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Robben Island

Whether you are interested in history or not a trip to Robben Island is rewarding and eye opening. After you get off the boat, you take a 45 minute guided bus tour of the island with some very...
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Lion's Head

Lion’s Head is one of the most distinctive natural monuments in and around Cape Town. It is part of the Table Mountain National Park and visible from many parts of the city. Together with Signal Hill...
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Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is made up of 4 coves and the beaches are called 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. When the summer south-easter blows, the Clifton beaches are usually well sheltered from the wind. All of the...
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Long Street

Long Street is a major street located in the City Bowl section of Cape Town. It is famous as a bohemian hang out and the street is lined with many book stores, various ethnic restaurants and bars....
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Signal Hill

On a daily basis most Capetonians pass or see Signal Hill from wherever they are in the city. It always fascinates me to hear why Capetonians think the hill is called as such. Most say that it is...
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Table Mountain

Hi, Any one who visits South Africa should not miss going to Cape town. In fact I wanted to visit Johannesburg & return home. One member in VT strongly adviced me to visit Cape Town and I thank...
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Getting to Cape Town

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