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.
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.
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
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.
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!).
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.