African Penguins at Boulders Beach
This was one of the highlights of our Cape Peninsula trip. We visited the beautiful Boulders Beach with our tour guide Jacqui from Cape by Design Tours.
Each year, around 60 000 visitors plain a visit to Simon’s Town and the nearby Boulders Beach to photograph and watch the famous African penguins. The beautiful Boulders Beach is one of Cape Town’s most visited beaches and the only place in the world where you get close to African Penguins.
If you never saw Penguins before you will be amazed how cute they are and this will be one of the best opportunities to see African Penguins so close.
Boulders beach is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town. If you will take the Cape Peninsula tour with the tour company, you can combine this with the visit to Simon’s Town and Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and the most popular spot to observe the penguins is Foxy Beach. This beach, with its beautiful sheltered bays and sandy shores, is home to a colony of over 3000 endangered African Penguins. Constructed, wheelchair friendly, boardwalks were established and they will take you within a few meters of the birds. It is so amazing to get this close to them in their habitat!
In 1982 a couple of these little crowd-pleasers settled on the soft white sand between the large granite boulders that protect the beach from wind and large, stormy waves, and currently, the population is estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 birds. Sadly the African Penguin has been classified as an endangered species, due to things like overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and irresponsible tourism activities, and the Boulders Beach colony has also felt the effect, with numbers dwindling over the last couple of years.
How to get here
Boulders Beach is located in Simon’s Town. You can rent a car and drive through the beautiful landscape to Simon’s Town or take the Cape Peninsula Tour as we did.
Best time to visit
The breeding season is from February to August, so in this period you will find the most Penguins on the beach.
Boulders is a safe beach, with rangers on patrol each day. You should not feed the penguins or come too close. While they may look cute, they’re still wild animals. Also, parking is limited, especially during peak Summer, so come early. Alcohol and smoking are prohibited, the same goes for vessels, canoes, and kayaks. Because it’s part of the Marine Protected Area, it is a no-take zone, which means no marine life may be removed.
The tour is well worth a visit and we enjoyed it very much. If you get a chance to go on the Cape Peninsula tour, we would strongly recommend that you visit this beautiful sight.
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