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Bellvue Road

Beyond Boulders Beach
No matter how many times I visit Boulders Beach, seeing the African penguin colony in Simon's Town always makes me smile. The actual park, Boulders, is run by South Africa National Park service. There is a long wooden boardwalk on the outskirts of the park from which you can spot penguins (for free). Inside the park, you will pay a fee to walk down another boardwalk, right down to the beach where the penguins congregate. The paid board walk obviously has the better view, so if you're bringing children, this is the one to walk.

For a better close encounter with the penguins, park at or walk to near where I marked on this map. Proceed through the Boulders parking lot towards a tiny, wooden gate. Open it, and you'll find a smaller pathway leading to the area pictured here. This is a public area, albeit very close to some private homes. This turns into a pathway which allows you to get much closer, without any barriers to the waterfront, to observe the penguins in their natural habitat.

Simon's Town is easily accessible by driving, or by train (last stop on the Southern Suburbs line and a short walk through the historical, naval town).
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Bellevue Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
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