Part of the South African National Parks, Boulder’s Beach is unique for the 3000 plus African penguins that roam this part of the coastline. On part of the area (officially known as Foxy Beach) visitors are restrained to a series of wooden walkways so that penguins can nest and raise their young relatively undisturbed, while a few hundred metres away visitors can spend time on the beach itself, and explore the many boulders after which the beach is named.
History: The Boulders Penguin Colony was established in 1983 and numbers increased from surrounding island colonies to bring breeding numbers to 3 900 birds in 2005. Since then there has been a decrease. The 2011 figures sit at around 2100 birds at Boulders Penguin Colony.
Facilities: Boulders is one of the few private beaches in Cape Town. There are restaurants and BnB’s in close proximity. Swimming and picnicking are welcomed. There is a private parking lot as well as available spaces in surrounding roads and streets.
Venue: Simon’s Town
Times: 7am – 7.30pm (Dec – Jan) | 8am – 6.30pm (Feb – Mar) | 8am – 5pm (Apr – Sep) | 8am – 6.30pm (Oct – Nov)
Cost: R 55 adults | R 25 children