Boulder’s Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from where the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town. It is a popular tourist stop due to the colony of African Penguins that inhabit the beach. The penguins have populated this beach since 1982.
one of the few places where you can observe the penguins at close range,
as they wander freely in a protected environment. They started as only 2
breeding pairs in 1982, and have grown into over 3,000 in recent years. This is due to the decrease in trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovies, which form part of the penguins’ diet.
Blue skies and high temperatures ~ Ice cream was a great idea.
Which flavor shall I choose??? Strawberry!
After the three of us had all stood in line and for ice cream, my Mom then decided that she wanted some ice cream as well. Once we all had our refreshing snack, we started walking down the path that leads to Boulder’s Beach. There are a couple parts where the view opens up and you can get a good look at some penguins on their beach.
The beaches are bordered mainly by indigenous bush on one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other. The area comprises of a number of small sheltered bays, partially closed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.
This woman took some time to observe the two penguins hiding in some shade.
This little guy was running along a path off to the side. I imagined he was separated from his family and was trying to find his way back because he was all alone.
It took him a couple minutes to get over a large grassed area, which would have taken a human only 5 seconds to climb. Their little legs can’t bend and move very well.
These signs are not for directing penguin traffic, or leading to a “Penguin only” bathroom. They are signs for us tourists in case we get lost 😉
An important sign for tourists. There were multiple parking areas along the path. Where we were parked, we didn’t have to worry about this.
Here it looked like the mother penguin was about to give birth and the father penguin was protecting her. Or she was napping, and he was just watching her sleep.
The view is spectacular, not only from looking at the rocks and the ocean, but also when you turn around and see mountains and palm trees.
I tried to sneak up on a rock next to the little guy, but he didn’t want to take a break from the sun for a photo. There must have been the sweet smell of anchovies in the air as well!!!
The most popular recreational spot is Boulder’s Beach, but there is a small entrance fee of about R45 ($5) per person. At this beach you can walk and swim side by side with the penguins.
For the Essers this was the first time that we they had ever seen penguins not at the zoo! They are by far my favorite animal and you can see why. Catherine and I have a thing for Penguins – If you missed that blog post in January, you can read about that here.
I came here with Catherine, her brother, David, and their mother, Charmaine, two years ago on my first trip to Africa. We had a great time and we were excited to bring my family here this time!