Your guide to Boulders Beach

Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simon’s Town you will find Boulders Beach, home to our famous African Penguin Colony.

This colony is one of only a few places in the entire world where you can view and visit a land-based colony of African penguins. Reclassified on 26 May 2010, the African penguin is now considered an endangered species. The Boulders section of Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. The boardwalks were designed to allow closer encounters with these beautiful birds while keeping them safe.

What you can do at Boulders Beach

Boulders offers a range of fun for all types of travelers. Here are some of the activities you can enjoy:

· Swimming

· Snorkeling

· Picnics on the beach

· Pop in at the visitors’ centre and discover more interesting facts about the penguins

Before you visit, here’s what you need to know

· Boulders is a safe beach with rangers patrolling daily.

· Limited parking is available. It’s best to arrive early during the peak summer months.

· Alcohol and smoking are prohibited.

· Beach space depends on the tides. The best time to go, especially for picnics, is at low tide.

· Boulders Beach is closed to all vessels, including canoes and kayaks.

Location: 1 Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town

Times: December – January 07:00 – 19:30

February – March 08:00 – 18:30

April – September 08:00 – 17:00

October – November 08:00 – 18:30

Cost: South African Residents (with ID): R44 per adult, R22 per child

SADC Nationals (with passport): R88 per adult, R44 per child

International Visitors: R176 per adult, R88 per child

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