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January 28, 2013

Boulders beach photo essay

In the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town, lies Boulders beach – home to about 3 000 African penguins.

Boulders beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and is one of the few places where African penguins, an endangered bird species, can be viewed up close in their natural environment, thus making it one of the Cape Town's must-see places for visitors. The beach is made up of inlets between big granite boulders, from which the beach's name originated.

It's a beautiful, peaceful and sheltered beach, and after seeing these pictures there'll be no doubt in your mind why the penguins call it home.

What's Boulders beach without boulders? Photo courtesy of George M. Groutas

African penguins catching some sunshine. Photo courtesy of Dutchy Doo

The African penguins aren't the only residents on Boulders beach – dassies can also be found. Photo courtesy of Gary Craig

The boulders that gave the beach its name. Photo courtesy of Irene2005

An African penguin chick minding its business. Photo courtesy of RachelF2SEA

The warm water here is perfect for taking a dip. Photo courtesy of michellebflickr

African penguins sharing a moment at twilight. Photo courtesy of ka.hi

Visitors can take a stroll along the beach and watch the penguins at play, without disturbing them. Photo courtesy of Philip Milne

African penguins looking out into the sea. Photo courtesy of Christina

African penguins have lived on Boulders beach since 1982, and the colony now consists of over 3 000 penguins. Photo courtesy of myheimu

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