Boulders Beach

Penguins waddle along the pristine shores of Boulders Beach on the Cape peninsula.

The sheltered, penguin-populated cove of Boulders Beach is one of the top Cape Town tour destinations.

A South Africa tour in that explores the Western Cape demands a visit to the penguin-peopled shores of Boulders Beach. Home to a large colony of African penguins, the protected beach provides visitors with the unique opportunity to swim and sunbathe among the curious tuxedoed seabirds.

Boulders Beach is named after the striking 1000-year-old granite boulders strewn across its fine sandy stretch. The clear water and rock pools are ideal for snorkeling and exploring. As only a certain amount of visitors are permitted entry at any given time, the sheltered bay offers semi-seclusion and a safe haven for the penguins.

The colony originally started with two breeding pairs that have multiplied rapidly over the years. These days one must be careful not to stumble over a penguin in the parking lot! Though they may seem inquisitive and friendly, it is best to avoid deliberately approaching or touching the penguins as they may take a snap at you if they feel threatened.

The surrounding region bursts with quaint coffee and curio shops, fine restaurants and lively evening entertainment. Located in False Bay in the charming seaside seat of Simons Town, Boulders Beach is an exciting family-friendly stop for every South African tour.

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