Boulders Beach is nestled away in the quiet town of Simons Town and is a worthy day trip for locals and tourists alike. Other than boulders beach itself there are countless other things to do in the area such as visting Cape Point, the naval museum, checking out the Just Nuisance Statue and the rest of the Simons Town waterfront.
I can’t imagine there are many beaches in the world where you can get so close and swim with penguins without absolutely freezing! The entrance is R45 per adult and you get to walk down to the main penguin colony as well as go to the swimming beach. If you don’t feel like paying you can still walk along the first section of the path which always has a few penguins.
One thing you need to watch out for is the traffic! If you are coming from the city centre then you will most likely be taking the M3, M4 or M5 and the section from Muizenberg to Kalk Bay is an absolute nightmare with all the roadworks. I would suggest you rather take Boyes Drive instead of the Main Road to get to Kalk Bay and from Kalk Bay you can take the coastal road to Simons Town. If you, like me, prefer taking the longer/more scenic route home I would definitely suggest heading through Noordhoek onto Chapman’s Peak.
For lunch my favourite options in the area are The Toad in Noordhoek and the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay but there are an abundance of great spots for every food preference
Some interesting facts about the African Penguin are:
They where initially called the Jackass penguin before the African Penguin
They can swim at an average speed of 7km/h and hold their breath for 2minutes
Mating occurs in January and nesting occurs from February to August
If you want more information you can contact Boulders Visitor Centre on +27 21 786 2329