Boulders Beach, South Africa

Boulders Beach, South Africa, An extreme highlight of Cape Town

Feature Photo - Boulders Beach entrance

Just 46kms South of the city of Cape Town, located in the Cape Peninsula, lies a gorgeous little beach town rich in lush green rolling hills, towering palm trees and white sand beaches. Simon’s Town sits right on the coast and its main street curves along with False Bay. Getting here from the city centre station is simple and cheap. 1 train will take you directly to Simon’s Town in an hour and will cost you as little as 3.00$ Canadian round trip, 1st class for one person. Boulders Beach is about a 30-minute walk from Simon’s Town station but prepare to be awed by the gorgeous streets, old buildings and marine waterfront as you carry on to your destination. This little town is not short on character, fresh seafood restaurants and cozy cafes.
Boulders Beach, South Africa

View from the Train

Entrance fee to Boulders Beach is very cheap considering it is such a highly sought-after tourist destination. For only 76R (7$ Canadian) per person gets you into the main viewing point of Boulders Beach as well as entrance to the ‘Swim with the penguins’ beach. Unfortunately, it is the end of winter right now and too cold to swim, we still took a walk down there to check it out.
This is a highly sheltered and protected beach made up of inlets sitting between marble style boulders from which it got its name. Although set in the middle of a residential area, it is one of few places to see the endangered African Penguin colony up close. These cute little guys, also known as Jackass penguins, get their name from their loud donkey like bray. The first two penguins settled on this beach back in 1982 and the colony today has grown to around 3000.
Boulders Beach, South Africa

I was amazed at how close you get to the penguins! You are confined to a newly built wooden walkway that winds all throughout the shrubbery down to the main beach. Even before the beach, this walkway is lined with napping and curious penguins lying in the bushes, peeking their beaks out from under the walkway and taking a stroll towards the water. If you are a photography enthusiast like me, make sure you bring a zoom lens and you can get some great shots of these guys playing in the water. Like any wild animal, please respect them and keep your distance. One of the beautiful aspects to this activity is the closeness you get with these creatures and although they seem cute, fluffy and friendly, they are still wild and are not interested in being pet and will bite.


Boulders Beach, South Africa
You can only go so far when entering into the main attraction and the wooden walkways come to an end at the main beach. When you are done taking pictures and soaking up all that cuteness be sure to take a hard left when you exit and go straight through the parking lot! You do not want to miss the stunning dirt path walk through Table Mountain National Park. This trek takes you through the thick of trees for about 10 minutes until you come out to an opening of granite rocks along the water, green rolling farm lands and intimate beaches to dip your toes. You will have to go through a few latched gates but don’t worry! These are only there to protect the penguins, just make sure to close the doors as you enter and exit! You will not be disappointed with this area!
Boulders Beach, South Africa

This, to me, is an extreme highlight of Cape Town and a must see when visiting the area. Get the feel of life in Africa and take the train, walk through the small towns and don’t bother paying 80$ for a tour. 
In Cape Town the difference between classes of people is prominent. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the central station. Please take your safety seriously, beware of your surroundings and don’t spend too much time in the station itself. Don’t be intimidated by the hustle and bustle and definitely do not use this as a reason not to take the train! The train ride is absolutely stunning and follows the waters edge leaving you plenty of time to get some great photos along the way!
Thank you Niry at ‘Me With My Suitcase’ for letting me guests post 😊  


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Ami from Vancouver Island BC, Canada


My name is Ami and I am a travel enthusiast and an over the top animal lover! I have spent a lot of my last 6 years living out of a bag and traveling South East Asia, Australia, Europe and Africa. I have always loved photography and only just started taking it to the next level. I am extremely proud to direct you to my Facebook photography and travel blog page if you’re interested in following. I hope to put a smile on your face with my photos, blogs and sarcasm!

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