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  • Address: Boulders Beach Guest House, Cape Town 7975, South Africa
There are a lot of beaches in Cape Town that are likely to be on your must-see list - from surfing meccas to nightlife hotspots - but one beach in particular attracts countless visitors even though they can’t even walk on the beach itself. You may not be able to stroll on Boulders Beach, but it’s the place to go to see wild African penguins up close.

The colony of African penguins that calls Boulders Beach home first settled there in the early 1980s, and has grown to a population of more than 3,000. The area is protected - it’s part of the Table Mountain National Park - and visitors are encouraged to visit the part of the beach where raised walkways keep people away from the penguins and their nests. The walkways are only a few feet off the ground, however, so you still get a great view of the birds.

The restricted area of Boulders Beach with the raised walkways is actually called Foxy Beach; the beach that bears the name Boulders Beach (and from which the name of the whole area is taken) is open for recreational activity, as long as people stay away from the penguin colony.

Boulders Beach is located roughly 28 miles from Cape Town on the Cape Peninsula, just to the south of historic Simon’s Town. Many Cape Peninsula tours include a stop at Boulders Beach, and there’s also a railway line that runs from Cape Town to Simon’s Town. From the train station in Simon’s Town you can either walk the 3km (1.8 miles) to Boulders Beach or you can hop in one of the taxis that wait outside the station.

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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town, Cape Town, null
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point from Cape Town

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Your Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point tour will be strictly private and flexible with time. Tour departs from your hotel at your convenience in a private ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Flexible

From USD $149.28
Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Tour: Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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Leave Cape Town behind for the day and see another side of this glorious land. This 8-hour private tour whisks you out of Cape Town to explore the peninsula's ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full-Day Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town

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The Cape Peninsula, also known as Cape Point or Cape of Good Hope is the most popular of all the Cape Town tours. Your visit will not be considered complete if ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Half-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour from Cape Town

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For those with limited time, this tour to Cape Point and Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is offered as a half day option. This is an awe-inspiring tour to the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Cape Point and Peninsula Private Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Half-day Tours
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Cape Point and Peninsula Private Tour from Cape Town

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This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages.  ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $161.22
Full-Day Cape Point & Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Private ... 
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Full-Day Cape Point & Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town

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This Cape Peninsula full day tour includes a morning snack, picnic lunch, guided commentary and all entrance fees, making it the most affordable and fun way to ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $55.98
Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Full-Day Cape Point and Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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This awe-inspiring tour to the towering headland known as Cape Point encompasses magnificent beaches, breathtaking views, and picturesque coastal villages. The ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.40
Ultimate Cape Point Full-Day Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Full-day Tours
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Ultimate Cape Point Full-Day Tour from Cape Town

The “Gateway to Africa”, Cape Town and its surroundings offer the tourist a wide range of activities amidst a scenic garden that is without parallel anywhere ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $79.49
The Peninsula Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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The Peninsula Tour from Cape Town

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This full-day Peninsula Tour will take you around the entire Cape peninsula and show you the wonders of Cape Town - from the pristine beaches, to the ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.89
Cape Peninsula Bike Tour from Cape Town, Cape Town, Day Trips
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Cape Peninsula Bike Tour from Cape Town

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Savor the very best of the Cape Peninsula on this unique guided cycle excursion. From the top of Signal Hill, take in Lion's Head and the iconic Table Mountain ...  Read more

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $220.00

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