About Penguin Colony Boulders Beach

One of Cape Town’s most visited beaches, the beautiful Boulders Beach is the only place in the world where you can get very close to the African Penguins. It is presently a part of the Table Mountain National Park, thus ensuring the beaches are safe and clean, and the penguins protected. There are three wheelchair-friendly boardwalks that can accommodate nearly 60,000 visitors. These boardwalks provide great viewing spots and also protect nesting penguins and their chicks. You can still spot one or two of the little fellows waddling through the site's parking lot from time to time. Boulders Beach is also a popular family-friendly swimming beach, an ideal place where kids can climb over the boulders and explore the rock pools, or swim in the amazing bay water. 

Must See

  • The Boulders Beach is home to a colony of 3,000 African Penguins. You can view them from the wooden walkway here.
  • There is the Boulders Beach which is open for access to tourists. You can take a dip there too.
  • Nothing can beat the experience of seeing penguins so closely.

How to reach

It is more than 40 Km from the city center. You can reach by bus, cab or train.

Train route: Take the train from Cape Town to Simon's town and from there to Penguin Colony Boulders Beach by taxi. The journey will cost you R 90 - R 100.

If you take a taxi/Uber, you can reach in 40 minutes, but it will cost you R 300.


  • There’s a conservation fee of around R 65 per person, so carry some cash.
  • An umbrella, hat, and sunscreen is must if you plan on spending the day at the beach
  • Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring an umbrella or raincoat during the rainy season.
  • Boulders is a safe beach, with rangers on patrol each day.
  • Do NOT feed the penguins or come too close. They may peck you.
  • Parking is limited, especially during peak Summer, so come early.
  • Alcohol and smoking are prohibited.
  • No vessels are allowed, including canoes and kayaks.
  • It is a no-take zone, which means no marine life may be removed.
  • Stick to the entry and exit timings to avoid trouble.

Visit Time

Sunday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Monday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friday - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Saturday -  8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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Entrance Fee


R 65 per person.

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Time you can spend

1-3 hours


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