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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Free admission
Boulders Beach Guest House, Cape Town, 7975

The Basics

A Cape Peninsula tour is the most popular way to visit Boulders Beach. Half- and full-day tours run from Cape Town and most include nearby attractions, such as Chapman’s Peak Drive, Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, or Camps Bay. Some tours include a cruise out to Seal Island to discover more of the peninsula’s wildlife, explore the Cape Peninsula by bike, or enjoy a wine tasting in the Constantia Valley.

The beach is split into the northern part, accessed via the Boulders Visitors Centre and offering a purpose-built boardwalk from which to watch the penguins in their natural habitat, and the southern part, which is open for swimming.

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The Ultimate Cape Point & Boulders Beach Penguins Small Group Full Day Tour
The Ultimate Cape Point & Boulders Beach Penguins Small Group Full Day Tour
$93.56 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great escape from the city
This is a perfect complement to the winery tours. We got to do a lot and it didn't feel too rushed. Everything on the trip is worth doing.
Tony_C, May 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

star-5
Fantastic tour to Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope
Wallis_P, Dec 2021
FULL Day Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
We had an amazing tour guide to begin with: Leticia. She was so knowledgeable, accommodating and kept us laughing and entertained. We learned a lot about South African History and culture to go with the places visited. The trip was unbelievably scenic and is highly recommended to others.
star-5
Great experience!
Greg_M, Oct 2021
Penguins At Boulders Beach, Simonstown from Cape Town
Seeing the penguins was fantastic! Mike Brown was an excellent tour guide and went over and above to tell us about Cape Town and to make sure we had excellent recommendations for other things to do during our visit.
star-5
Amazing experience
Gerasimos_A, Jun 2021
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Exciting experience, amazing coastline,nature,the guide was perfect,explain all details for everything,we saw boulder beach , and the southest point in africa.
star-5
Fantastic trip to Boulders Beach - don’t miss this!
Kristina_L, Mar 2020
Penguins At Boulders Beach, Simonstown from Cape Town
Our tour guide Mike Brown was excellent! He was knowledgeable about the history of the area and accommodated our request to see more than we originally planned. We were lucky enough to see hundreds of adorable penguins at this well maintained site. Highly recommend Mike Brown Tours as a way to see Boulders Beach and Cape Point!
star-5
Perfect experience
Francesco_B, Jun 2021
Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Beach full Day Private Tour (pay per Vehicle)
Great experience! Got a personal trip with a tour guide Xavier who was able to overcome all my expectations! Amazing tour, very interesting if you don't have a lot of time to spend in cape town Tour and guide 100% recommended!
star-5
Excellent tour
Alexia_F, Apr 2021
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Wonderful day and great tour. It's a really interesting tour, our guide was really preparated Really recommended
star-5
Recommend
Dawn_R, Apr 2020
Private Sightseeing Trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
Our guide met us with a sign in Cape Town. He was a good driver and flexible with our requests. He assisted with our handicap passenger. What a wonderful time and experience we had!
star-5
Great time along the peninsula
Marlyne_B, Mar 2020
Penguin Encounter Boulders Beach Half Tour Day from Cape Town
Our guide Evon was knowledgeable and just an overall great person to have guide on our tour. He didn’t rush us and was so accommodating to all our little requests. Great time.
star-5
Great Tour
Michael_B, Mar 2020
Private Sightseeing Trip to the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
Had a really enjoyable day. It’s not the cheapest option to book a private tour, but the little extra cost is worth the flexibility and added comfort. Rodney, was a great guide, friendly and helpful, turned up early and took us to a great restaurant for lunch. He is funny and entertaining, but sadly lacks any knowledge of football....he will understand what I mean!
star-5
Long day but really worth it.
Andrea, Mar 2020
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Our guide Rickie was knowledgable and entertaining. We felt a little rushed at Cape Point as we needed to eat and wanted to go up the funicular, we managed it though. Great to see Cape of Good Hope. Boulders beach was the highlight!
star-5
Amazing g day at Penguin Beach
HEIDI_I, Feb 2020
Swimming with African Penguins at Boulders Beach - Shared Tour From Cape Town
What a fantastic day. Our tour guide was amazing and was very knowledgeable of the local areas and the history. We got to see the Penguins, swimming on Boulders and the scenic views were out of this world. Stop for lunch in Muizenberg as well. A trip I will always remember and highly recommend this trip to anyone
star-4
South Africa Trip
Robert_Q, Nov 2019
Full-day Private Cape Peninsula and Boulders Beach Penguins Tour
Guide was excellent. Great knowledge. We enjoyed everything except the Penguin tour which was a rip off.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The entrance fee for the boardwalk goes toward conservation efforts.

  • It’s prohibited to touch, feed, or interact with the penguins, although the boardwalks will take you close enough to get some great photos.

  • Parking at the beach is limited, especially in peak season (December–January), so arrive early to secure a spot.

  • The boardwalk is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

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How to Get to There

Boulders Beach is located around 28 miles (45 kilometers) southeast of Cape Town, along the east coast of the Cape Peninsula. The most convenient way to visit is by guided tour, but it’s also possible to take the train from Cape Town to Simon’s Town and either walk or take a taxi for 1.8 miles (3 kilometers) to the beach.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to spot penguins at Boulders Beach year-round but breeding season from February until August is the most interesting time to watch them. The highest numbers of penguins can be seen in the early morning or late afternoon, as the animals spend much of the day feeding out at sea.

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The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The Boulders Beach African penguin colony grew from two breeding pairs that settled there in the early 1980s. The population is now more than 3,000, although numbers have declined in recent years. Nicknamed “jackass penguins” for the braying sounds they make, African penguins are an endangered species found along the Namibian and South African coast. Boulders Beach is the only place in Africa where you can enjoy watching the penguins roam freely in their natural environment.

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