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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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Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
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USD32.53 per adult
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Great trip!
Charles and the team made the trip a great experience. The views were beautiful and it was lovely to see the penguins.
Tania_M, Jan. 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Cape Town

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Great tour to see the penguins
Theresa_H, Jan. 2023
Penguin Encounter Boulders Beach Half Tour Day from Cape Town
We had a private tour with Albert to Boulders Beach to see the penguins and it was fantastic. He provided local history and knowledge during our drive and stopped at Muizenberg Beach and Simonstown to let us get coffees and do a little shopping. We skipped the stop in Camps Bay as we had been a couple of days before. All in all, a great day watching the penguins on the beach.
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Fabulous Half Day Tour with Seals and Penguins
Sally_G, Oct. 2022
Boulders Beach Penguins and Seal Island Boat Trip Half Day Tour
Had an excellent tour with Chris. He took us to Hoet Bay to see the seals, then Boulders Beach to see the African Penguins, with some stops at local beauty spots on the way and explaining some local history too. The boat trips at Hoet Bay were very frequent so we were on one practically as soon as we arrived. Boulders Beach was beautiful. Highly recommend.
star-5
Beautiful day after all
richardkeisha, Jan. 2023
Small Group Tour: Chapman's Peak, Cape Point and Penguins at Boulders Beach
Thank you for the experience. What started off as a rainy, disorganized day turned into a wonderful drive along the coast. We were provided with history (even hard truths) and stories based on area. Please remember to bring cash and dress for pictures!
star-4
Beautiful tour and...
Tomini_F, Jan. 2023
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Beautiful tour and scenery. One of a kind trip. The tour guide made some biased / controversial comments about South African history however. Would have appreciated a holistic, inclusive and progressive approach celebrating the rainbow nation.
star-5
Stunning scenery, fun guide
Erin_T, Jan. 2023
Private: Sightseeing Tour of the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
Our guide was incredible! Friendly, fun, informative! It was an incredible day we will never forget!
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Review of Private: Sightseeing Tour of the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
Faisal_A, Jan. 2023
Private: Sightseeing Tour of the Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguin Colony
We had a fantastic day trip with Kevin. He was a great guide full of knowledge about so many topics we had a joyful experience. We would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
The perfect little tour with a great guide.
Luke_H, Jan. 2023
Half Day Boulders Penguins and Cape Point Small Group Tour
Pedro was an excellent tour guide and the timing of the tour was perfect. Most places were quiet when we arrived and getting busier as we left. We also got to go to hout bay and see the harbour.
star-5
Outstanding Tour!
Thabiso_M, Jan. 2023
Small Group Tour: Chapman's Peak, Cape Point and Penguins at Boulders Beach
Our tour guide was outstanding. He knew the history of Cape Town and South Africa like the back of his hand. Very impressive. Our tour was very enjoyable and educational. Would highly recommend!
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Tour to Cape Point
Methuna_R, Jan. 2023
Cape Point and Boulder's Beach Penguins Full Day Tour
Great tour! Saw many wildlife and also great hike down. Comfortable and gripped shoes are a must! Great company and excellent restaurant for lunch. Penguin boardwalk was pricey and underwhelming as we can are far from them. Line ups are long so purchase fast passes if you are not with the tour. In addition there was not enough time for the beach. Overall great experience!
star-4
A perfect day
Britt_S, Jan. 2023
Penguin Encounter Boulders Beach Half Tour Day from Cape Town
Breathtaking views along the return drive. Plenty of time to observe penguins and grab some breakfast in town.
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The whole entire trip was...
Julie_D, Jan. 2023
Cape Town Private Group Tour to Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguins Colony
The whole entire trip was wonderful! Joshua, our driver & tour guide was amazing! Would definitely recommend.
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James, our guide was...
Ines_C, Dec. 2022
Cape Town Private Group Tour to Cape of Good Hope and Boulders Penguins Colony
James, our guide was incredible! We would recommend him so strongly! He was a rockstar. He was so kind with the kids and so patient. He also told us great stories l.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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