Boulders Beach Penguin Colony: The Incidental Daddy

Life does rush by at a pace that frightens me, and I am grateful that The Incidental Daddy and eternal traveller within me always remembers to stop, look and see more than the rush. There are so many wonderful experiences to be had, with many of them right here in Cape Town, and I’m determined to seek them out. With that in mind, this week I’d like to recommend a visit to Boulders Beach to see the Colony of African Penguins that live here. It’s also a wonderful place to take in the sea breeze.

This is a perfectly easy place to visit from Cape Town. Boulders Beach is just down the road from Simon’s Town on the False Bay coast, so not only is the water a little warmer and the scenery stunning, but you'll find an interesting relationship between the penguins and the people who spend time on the beach. Although it is clear that the beach belongs to the penguins…

Highly recommended is a stroll on the boardwalks that lead you over the dunes and vegetation through the noisy, bustling colony of birds. Watch them coming in from the sea or simply preening and sunning themselves. They used to be called jackass penguins, a name that will quickly become apparent as you get to hear the donkey-like braying sounds they make when on land. They mate for life and share parenting responsibilities, and you may see some on nests, or young much fluffier looking adolescents moulting their way into adulthood.

Penguins sunning themselves on the beach Penguins sunning themselves on the beach

A lone penguin heading out between the boulders for a swim A lone penguin heading out between the boulders for a swim

A couple of African Penguins showing affection A couple of African Penguins showing affection

Entrance fee is R35 for adults and R10 for children under the age of 12. This gives access to the beach as well as the walkways and viewpoints. I love to stop here, it’s beautiful, and a visit is easily combined with afew hours in the quaint, historic town of Simon's Town, or a trip to Cape Point.

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