In South Africa, we are really spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic routes, beautiful sightseeing, national parks and tours. One might even be tempted to say we are privileged down here in the Cape.

With sun, sea, vineyards, mountains, desert, game farms and so so much more, one truly is spoilt for choice ... but sadly us locals tend to take this land of natural beauty for granted. Well, that is until you are reminded by visitors/ friends who do not get to share this glorious piece of heaven.

I recently got to show a longtime friend of mine around our beautiful peninsula (I will be doing a few posts) and so I thought I would share our time exploring Boulders Beach and seeing the penguins.

Boulders Beach and African Penguin Colony

Boulders Beach is a wildlife sanctuary and home to more than 2000 penguins, as part of South Africa's National Parks (SANS) it is very much a controlled access area and is surprisingly well governed.

Here is what you need to know:
Boulders Penguin Colony in Simons Town is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African Penguins. This colony is one of only a few in the world, and the site has become famous and a popular international tourist destination.

The Boulders Beach colony consists of 3 pristine beaches, 1 penguin viewing area and 3 boardwalks. The boardwalks were built as a measure to allow for viewing of these wonderful birds, whilst keeping them safe from poking fingers. Please respect these birds and be sure to stay on the boardwalks at all times within the viewing area. (We actually saw people scaling the boulders to intrude on the bird sanctuary ... shame on you humans!)

There is both the sanctuary and a small little cove with a beach, this area is ideal for children as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents, wind and large waves - but please always take care (also note that there is an entry fee).

Penguins, the more the merrier

Here are some pictures from our day out. I just love these beautiful gentlemen of the sea in their impressive Tuxedo's, what a show they make ... albeit comical at times.

You sometimes have to look twice to see the penguins hidden under the rocks they are so well camouflaged.

You can also see that many of the chicks are still moulting (this can take up to 2 years according to the boards at the sanctuary .... sheesh!)

On the day we got to see these unusual man-made nests as well as a variety of other nests which were under rocks, in the bush and even hollowed out of the sand. These sea creatures are really adaptable when it comes to making a hearth. See below ... 

PLEASE NOTE: Don't touch or feed the penguins – they may 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.

So there you have it, another great Cape Town tourist attraction and for the locals who have yet to go. what are you waiting for?

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