What?
Penguins on the beach!

Where?
Boulders beach is located on the Cape Peninsula, it is approximately half an hour’s drive from Cape Town. Parking is possible at one of the parking areas north or south of boulders beach. Turn off the M4 towards the sea, the parking areas are not to be missed. The entrance to the visitor center is well signposted from your parking. From here you descend towards the beach full of penguins, who you view from the beautiful route of wooden ramps.

When?
The penguins can be found on their beach all year round. In September and October they spend time at sea for eating and therefore there are fewer penguins on the beach. The best time to admire the penguins is the South African summer (the European winter). In January the young penguins leave their fluffy fur behind and change to their streamlined tuxedo.

It is advisable to arrive in the early morning or at the end of the day, to avoid the crowds and therefore have a better chance to have a good viewing.

Open 7 days a week:
– Dec – Jan: 7:00 AM – 7:30 PM
– Feb – April: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
– May – Sept: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
– Oct – Nov: 8:00 AM – 6:30 PM

How long?
Depending on your interest, a visit to boulders beach takes about 2 to 3 hours.

Cost
R75 for adults
R40 for children (2 – 11 years)

Nice to know
The nearby Simon’s town is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is nice to visit. Here you even have the chance that a penguin will come and accompany you while you are sunbathing on the beach, or if you take a dip in the water. You can also swim with the penguins at other nearby beaches (some of these beaches close with a certain amount people). Take a snorkel and enjoy it!

Lunch tip
Olympia’s bakery in nearby Vishoek, a 15-minute drive from Boulders beach on the way back to Cape Town. http://olympiacafe.co.za/