Southern Africa, Part XVI – Boulders Beach, South Africa

It was finally time for the penguins at Boulders Beach. Susann had been looking forward to seeing the penguins since we left Sweden and she was quite excited about this place. The drive from Groot Constantia offered an amazing scenery. We stopped for a short time on a hill overlooking Muizenberg and could see the beach stretching out into the distance.

Muizenberg, South Africa

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach lies just next to Simon’s Town and it is famous for its colony of African penguins. Here the colony of penguins has grown from just a few breeding pairs in the 1980’s to a few thousand these days. It is possible to get down to the beach for a small entrance fee, but we eventually opted for another possibility.

African Penguin, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa

Seeing the Penguins

When we arrived at Boulders Beach our guide and driver Carlos suggested another option than going down to the beach. His suggestion was that we should start with the walk up along the path above the beach and afterwards decide if we also would like to enter the beach.

So we walked the few hundred meters up along the path and there were penguins almost everywhere. A lot of their nests were just next to the path and we got within a meter from them while we continued to walk. We did not see much of the beach, but we did see penguins in abundance. There was also a rock hyrax hiding with the penguins. This distance relative to the elephants didn’t really fit in with the birds.

After the walk we were more than satisfied with our sightings of penguins and as Carlos had mentioned, there was really no need to enter the beach itself. Instead we got back to the car and continued onward towards the Cape Point.

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Other Posts in the Series

This post belongs to a series about our trip to South Africa and Namibia. Read the previous parts by clicking on the links below:

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