Visit penguins in the wild at Boulder's Beach in South Africa
During my most recent trip to Africa, I changed my plans and ended up driving the Garden Route in South Africa instead of a full week in Cape Town (more about that later). One main highlight with the redirect was visiting Boulder’s Beach to see penguins in the wild!
My sister had just been to Cape Town the previous year when her man competed in the World’s Half Ironman and she loved hanging out with the penguins. She told me it was a must-see spot while driving Cape Point and an easy day trip from Cape Town.
Driving the Garden Route
Another day, I’ll blog about why I changed my plans, but today I’ll say that I loved driving the Garden Route in South Africa! From Knysna to Simon’s Town, and around Cape Point to Cape Town… it was all amazing.
Exploring southern Africa was an entirely new experience for me and now I feel like I’ve seen almost all of South Africa.
The last time I was in South Africa was when I did a Photographer’s Safari and that trip also entailed a ton of driving. At that time I saw most of North central and Eastern South Africa.
My South Africa Garden Route itinerary was:
- fly into George, rent a car, drive to Knysna for 2-nights
- a night in Froeschhoek wine valley
- a night in Simon’s Town
- drive Cape Point and Chapman’s Peak to Cape Town.
- 4 nights in Cape Town
Visit Boulder’s Beach in the morning before all of the tour buses show up. It was really peaceful and quiet and parking was still available!
Visiting Boulder's Beach
When I arrived in the early morning, I guess I was still a bit sleepy. There are two parts to Boulder’s Beach and I wish I’d known this ahead of time.
- A beach/swimming entrance.
- The main entrance for the boardwalk in and around the park
I parked in the southern parking lot, next to the beach access point. That’s the entrance I went in. This was a bit of a waste of time.
You see, it was kinda chilly for swimming and I didn’t bring swim stuff. However, I entered the entrance for swimming with the penguins and paid that extra fee.
It’s a great spot though if you want to hang out on a small beach and swim or climb around the boulders. There were a few penguins there, but not many. When my sister went, there were a lot more.
More adventurous kids were climbing all around and on the boulders, sunbathing on top of them, and fully exploring the area. I was wearing hiking boots, so I didn’t get too far.
Visit Penguins at Boulder's Beach
At the main entrance, which I missed somehow, there is a wrap around boardwalk for viewing the main penguin colony. It actually does wrap all the way around to the swimming entrance and luckily what I paid at the beach entrance got me into the main gate as well.
About the Africa Penguins
Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay. It is a popular tourist stop because of a colony of African penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.
These African penguins are only found on the coastlines of Southern Africa -- (South Africa & Namibia). These penguins are currently on the verge of extinction.
As a result, the penguins are under the protection of the Cape Nature Conservation.
Have you been to Boulder’s Beach to visit the wild penguins?
Leave a comment and let me know.