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==Get in==
 
==Get in==
 
===By Car===
 
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Drive south on the M4 (Main Road) from [[Cape Town]] along the east coast of the [[Cape Peninsula]]. After passing through [[Simon's Town]] turn left down Bellevue Road opposite the Country Club - you will see a brown sign directing you to the parking lot at the end of the road. Please be careful, because the road is quite narrow and there is the danger of accidents when going out again. The penguins here have adapted to the constant flow of humans coming to see them, so they certainly won't make way.
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The easiest route is to drive south on the M3 (De Waal Drive) from [[Cape Town]]. At the end of the highway, turn left, and about 500m on, turn right onto the M4 (Main Road) along the east coast of the [[Cape Peninsula]]. After passing through [[Simon's Town]] turn left down Bellevue Road opposite the Country Club - you will see a brown sign directing you to the parking lot at the end of the road. Please be careful, because the road is quite narrow and there is the danger of accidents when going out again. The penguins here have adapted to the constant flow of humans coming to see them, so they certainly won't make way.
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There are more scenic alternative routes, so ask a local, or at your accommodation, for advice.
  
 
===By Train===
 
===By Train===

Revision as of 20:21, 6 December 2008

The boulders of Boulders.

Boulders is a popular beach near Simon's Town, Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. There are larger and more scenic beaches around, as Boulders, which gets its name from the large boulders surrounding it, is fairly small. From the beach one has views over False Bay. It is world famous for its colony of African penguins (formerly known as Jackass penguins).

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Get in

By Car

The easiest route is to drive south on the M3 (De Waal Drive) from Cape Town. At the end of the highway, turn left, and about 500m on, turn right onto the M4 (Main Road) along the east coast of the Cape Peninsula. After passing through Simon's Town turn left down Bellevue Road opposite the Country Club - you will see a brown sign directing you to the parking lot at the end of the road. Please be careful, because the road is quite narrow and there is the danger of accidents when going out again. The penguins here have adapted to the constant flow of humans coming to see them, so they certainly won't make way.

There are more scenic alternative routes, so ask a local, or at your accommodation, for advice.

By Train

Take a MetroRail suburban train from Cape Town to Simon's Town. The station at Simon's Town is about 3 kilometres from Boulders Beach ; you can walk there by following the Main Road (M4) southwards until you get to Bellevue Road or take a Riki's taxi from the station.

Get around

Please note the signs and take care when leaving Boulders.

Park your car at the parking lot and walk around to see the penguins or stroll around the surroundings.

See

Penguins

The penguin colony of Boulders.
Swim with penguins!

The first penguins came to Foxy Beach only two decades ago and with the time their number increased to more than 3000, mainly because penguins from the surrounding islands immigrated to the beach. Although they attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, they can be a menace to the local inhabitants. The penguins do not stick to their beach, but like to go on safari, and can occasionally be found in neighbouring gardens and houses. A fence has been erected, but they still seem to find holes...

One can see the penguins without having to pay any fees, but the penguin's private beach is managed by Table Mountain National Parks and an entry fee R30 (as of Dec 2008) per person is charged. Alternatively, entry for those with Wild Cards is free. See Wild In Africa for more information about the Wild Cards for local and international tourists.

Once you have parked your car at the parking lot, pay the entry fee, and go either to Boulders Beach to enjoy a relaxed time, swimming together with penguins (the only place in the world, where you can do that) or walk further on and you will get to a spotting place, where you will be able to see most of the penguins from a small distance.

Going to the beach is an adventure especially in summer, when it is warm and when you will share most of your time with penguins in the water. You can also climb around to get to a less crowded part of the beach. Please do NOT try to catch or touch the penguins. They are already distracted from their natural way of life by tourists and they can easily bite off a finger! Going to the beach means getting up early, because only a limited number of people are allowed onto the beach and it can be full by 10 or 11am.

Though you will see penguins here all year round you will see less during September to October as they will be spending most of their time out at sea feeding up for moulting season. Moulting season is from November to December. In January adults will spend a lot of time out at sea again, feeding up for breeding season between February and August.

Do

Play a game of golf at the minigolf course next to parking lot.

Buy

You can buy souvenirs at the nearby stalls and shops.

Eat

  • Penguin Point Restaurant, (At Boulders Beach Lodge).

Drink

Sleep

  • Boulders Beach Lodge, 4 Boulders Place, Boulders Beach, +27 (0)21 786-1758 (fax: +27 (0)21 786-1825), [1]. Situated only a few meters from the beach entrance and offers rooms and self-catering accommodation. Rooms are relatively cheap, but you might find better accommodation in neighboring Simon's Town

Get out

Visit the sights of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Town and the Cape Winelands.



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