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Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Cape Town

Boulders Penguins in Cape Town South AfricaBoulders Beach is the best place in the world to view wild African Penguin and one of only two places in South Africa where they breed on the mainland. It is situated in Cape Town about 1-2 km south of Simonstown on the road to Cape Point. Breeding occurs throughout the year, with the eggs laid in either burrows or under bushes.

An elevated walkway to Foxy Beach provides an excellent opportunity to see penguins at close range in all stages of their breeding cycle. The birds and the views of False Bay yield great photographic opportunities. Look for Cape Dwarf Chameleon in the bushes, especially in the early mornings and late afternoons.

Another walkway meanders through dense bush to the opposite side of the beach. Cape Robin-Chat, Cape Bulbul and Southern Boubou are frequently seen along this path and a stroll along Willis walk in either direction can provide some interesting birds such as Brimstone Canary, Cape Grassbird, Cape Sugarbird, Malachite Sunbird and White-backed Mousebird.

The large Boulders from which the place gets its name are good spots to see Crowned Cormorant and Cape Cormorant as well as African Black Oystercatcher. Cape Gannet and Swift Tern are frequently seen flying offshore. Whales can also be viewed in season on the odd occasion.

An admission fee is charged. Contact telephone number for the park is +27 21 786 2329. Visit ShowMe Cape Town for more information on Boulders Beach or about Cape Town.

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