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Boulders Beach

The Boulders Colony
Nestled in a sheltered cove between Simon's Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches.

Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus Demersus) can be observed at close range wandering freely in a protected environment.

From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the African Penguin colony has grown to about 3000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which forms part of the penguins' diet.

Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high water mark on one side, and the clear waters of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old. The most popular recreational spot is Boulders Beach, where one can also swim with the penguins.

They are best viewed however from Foxy Beach, where newly constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few meters of the birds.

Boulders forms part of the Cape Peninsula National Park, which incorporates Table Mountain and the Peninsula mountain chain from Signal Hill to Cape Point.

Our local Penguins

Penguin Facts

  • The African Penguin is listed in the Red Data Book as a vulnerable species.
  • Of the 1,5-million African Penguin population estimated in 1910, only some 10% remained at the end of the 20th century, The uncontrolled harvesting of penguin eggs (as a source of food), and guano scraping, nearly drove the species to extinction.
  • Because of their donkey-like braying call they were previously named the Jackass Penguin. Since several species of South American penguins produce the same sound, the local birds have been renamed African Penguins, as they are the only example of the species that breed in Africa.
  • Their diet consists mainly of squid and shoal fish such as pilchards and anchovy.
  • They can swim at an average speed of seven kilometers per hour, and can stay submerged for up to two minutes.
  • Their enemies in the ocean include sharks, Cape fur seals and, on occasion, killer whales (Orca). Land-based enemies include mongoose, genet, domestic cats and dogs - and the Kelp Gulls, which steal their eggs.
  • Their distinctive black and white colouring is a vital form of camouflage - white for underwater predators looking upward and black for predators looking down onto the water.
  • Although the African Penguin breeds throughout the year, the main breeding season starts in February. They are a monogamous species and the lifelong partners take turns to incubate their eggs and to feed their young.
  • Peak moulting time is during December, after which they head out to sea to feed (since they do not feed during moulting), They return in January to mate and begin nesting from about 1 February to August.
  • Penguins have very sharp beaks and can cause serious injury if they bite or lunge.

Things To Do from Albatross House

Historical Simon's Town

Cape Point National Park

Southern Right Whale

Just Nuisance

Our Penguins

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