Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
World Famous Penguin Colony, Simon's Town, Cape Town


Just around the corner from the seaside village of Simons Town turn left off main road to Boulders Visitor Centre to visit the famous colony of African Penguins - once called Jackass Penguins for their hilarious braying call. This is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staff are knowledgeable and offer guided tours.

After you have fallen in love with the penguins head to the secluded Boulders Beach and take a swim in the comparatively warm waters of the False Bay.

Experience It
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves - but please always take care. Also, don't touch or feed the penguins. They might look cute and cuddly but their beaks are as sharp as razors and if they feel threatened they have no qualms about nipping the odd finger or nose.

Entrance fees from 1 Nov 2017 - 31 Oct 2018
  • R75 for adults
  • R40 for children (2 - 11 Years)

Operating Hours: 7 days a week

  • Dec – Jan: 07h00 – 19h30
  • Feb – April: 08h00 -18h30
  • May – Sept: 08h00 – 17h00
  • Oct – Nov:  08h00 – 18h30


Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
Boulders Beach
Simon’s Town
Cape Town
South Africa

Tel: +27 21 786 2329

Entrance Fee:
R75 Adults
R40 Children

Pet Policy:
No pets

Operating Hours:
Summer: 08h00 - 18h30
Winter: 08h00 - 17h00

Safe swimming beach
Wooden walkways
Restaurant on site
Souvenir shop
Showers / change rooms
Guided Tours