One of the favourite places for tourists to visit when in Cape Town is the boulders beach penguin colony in Simon’s Town. Part of the Table Mountain National park, the beach is home to an endangered species of land based penguins called Jackass penguins. They are literally all over the place at Boulders beach, and there is even a sign warning visitors to check for penguins under their cars when they leave.
Boulders beach penguin colony consists of 3 pristine beaches, 3 boardwalks, and on main penguin viewing area. The beach can be found just after driving through Simon’s Town. Look for signs on the left. The beach has shallow warm water and you swim between giant rock boulders and some penguins. The location of the beach and boulders means calm seas and shelter from the wind.
This is yet another nice place to spend the day, have a picnic and take a swim in the sea.
The penguins are free to come and go as they please, and often wander into your swimming and beach space. You can look, but not touch the penguins. Do not feed the penguins either, they have sharp beaks and
It is not uncommon to see people having their wedding photos done on the beach with the penguins and boulders in the photos.