Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is one of the must visit places when coming to Cape Town. Watching these charming little guys run around and play in the waves is bound to put you in a good mood.
How to find the Penguins
Getting to Boulders beach penguin colony isn’t too difficult and even though its about 45 minutes outside Cape Town city centre the views are so worth it. Boulders beach is located in Simons Town which is on the False Bay coast. You can drive the very scenic route ( we always take this one ) via Camps Bay, Hout Bay, Chapmans Peak and then through to Simons Town. You can also drive the faster route through town onto the N2 highway and then Muizenberg and Kalkbay. I won’t bore you with the details as I am sure you all have google maps but if you have can help it rather go the longer coastal route.
The entry fee is R70 for adults and R35 for children and this gives you a full day pass with access to the boardwalk and beach.
What to do at Boulders
When you enter the boardwalk gate there isn’t a whole lot to explore but believe me you will spend quite a bit of time there. The penguins are always doing cute things and I can literally just stand there for an hour looking at them waddling around. When you are done watching their antics you can go to the beach next to the penguin colony and go take a dip in turquoise water.
About the penguins
So you might be wondering what is special about the penguins and why are they protected. Boulders is home to a very special land based colony of penguins. Sadly there are actually only a few of these left in the world. There are only around 2100 bird in the colony as their number have decreased over the years. The causes are over fishing so these guys don’t have food. Also oil spills, irresponsible tourist activities and other ocean pollution factors.
Tips for visiting Boulders Penguin Colony
- Go as early as possible or in low season. It gets really busy and impossible to get good photos later in the day.
- Don’t try and touch the penguins, they are wild and will bite you.
- Do not go into closed off areas. No matter how much you want that instagram worthy pic its not worth it. You will also get a R500 fine if caught. I have seen a lot of irresponsible instagrams with bloggers and tourists getting way too close to the Penguins. ( PS. my penguin pic was by accident and not in a closed off area. The penguin totally photobombed my shot 😛 )
- Make it a whole day outing, there is loads to do in Simons Town. After visiting the penguins grab some lunch and then head to the beach.