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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The African penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony



It all started in 1983 when a pair of African Jackass penguins was noticed on Foxy beach. Foxy Beach is a part of Boulders Beach in Cape Town, South Africa. Two years later the couple chose the same beach to lay their eggs on and since then the Boulders Beach penguin colony has grown, increasing at an average rate of 60% a year which, was mostly due to migration from Dyer Island. Today there are an estimated 30 000 breeding pairs of Jackass penguins in Boulders Beach.

The Boulders beach locals are very proud of the penguin colony, but having these feathered friends takes patience. Those closest the beach have their gardens frequently invaded and their plants uprooted by penguin couples seeking a suitable spot to lay their eggs.

The Jackass penguin (named because of its donkey-like braying) is not only noisy but very messy, especially during molting season. Although the penguins are happy to be in close proximity to people it is best to keep your distance as they do have a very nasty bite.

Boulder Beach gets its name from the huge granite boulders (which are approximately 540 million years old) that create small sheltered bays on the beach. It is a short and scenic 20 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre.

Foxy Beach is exclusively for the penguins, although it does have a boardwalk from which to view their antics. On either side of Foxy Beach are the public beaches, which the penguins do venture on and one of which is the famous Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach has beautiful blue water and white sand - perfect for a day of relaxing in the warm African sun and bathing in the water amongst the penguins.

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Sleeps: 5
From R 1 300,00
Per unit, per night.

Cape Penguin Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

0.4km West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Cape Penguin Cottage is situated in Simon's Town, close to three beaches with safe swimming, smallish waves and no backwash or rip currents. Sleeps 5 adults in 3 bedrooms and a mattress can be put out for an additional child.

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Sleeps: 21 in 9 units/rooms
From R 695,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Mariner Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Simon's Town

1.0km West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Custom built on the mountainside in historical Simon's Town, award-winning 4-star Mariner Guesthouse offers breathtaking sea views across False Bay. We are within walking distance of restaurants and beaches, and pride ourselves on offering style, comfort

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Sleeps: 5
From R 900,00
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No1 Living Waters

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

1.2km West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

A beautiful townhouse above the Naval Harbour in Simonstown. The panoramic view is spectacular. You can look down onto the harbour, yacht club, and out to Glencairn, Kalk Bay and Gordon's Bay. In fact a clean sweep of the entire bay...

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Sleeps: 6
From R 2 695,00
Per unit, per night.

Felsensicht Holiday Home

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

1.2km South East of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Luxury holiday home with stunning sea views of False Bay; 2 minutes walk to beach; 1 km from Boulders Penguin Beach; sleeps 6; beautifully furnished, fully equipped, all mod cons; satellite TV; free Wi-fi; superb patio for outdoor entertainment...

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Sleeps: 8 in 3 units/rooms

The Flying Penguin

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

1.7km South East of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The Flying Penguin holiday accommodation in Simonstown is a haven offering complete relaxation close to nature yet within easy reach of the city.

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The Lookout Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Simon's Town

1.8km South East of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

The Lookout in Simon's Town, is a beautiful, contemporary guesthouse situated a few paces from the False Bay shoreline, offering uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. We are just a short stroll away from Fisherman's Beach,

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Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

Guest House Accommodation in Simon's Town

2.1km South East of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Situated in a prime position 5 minutes from the beach, this landmark house overlooks the entire False Bay, a symphony of architecture, glass and modern design Aqua Terra has one of the best possible views the area has to offer.

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Bay Splendour

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

3.1km West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Bay Splendour, nestles in a quiet cul-de-sac only ten minutes walk from the old world charm of Simon's Town, South Africa's premier naval station. A coastal gem of peace and tranquillity, Bay Splendour has a spacious open-plan lounge and kitchen...

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At Home With Marianella

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

3.7km North West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Fully equipped seafront flatlet, additional rooms, honeymoon suite and entire complex available on request. The entire complex can accommodate up to 12 people if necessary. Amazing mountain and sea views, secure parking, DStv, playground equipment...

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Sleeps: 12 in 2 units/rooms
From R 1 250,00
Per unit, per night.

Simon's Town Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

4.0km North West of center of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

You are invited to enjoy the hospitality and peaceful atmosphere of Simon's Town Lodge where comfortable, affordable self-catering accommodation in Glencairn can be enjoyed.

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