Winding along the coast from Cape Town to Simon’s Town, I was met with stunning vistas of pristine blue/green waters, white sand beaches, and striking mountains. The coast of South Africa is truly stunning. For me, Boulders Beach stood out among the rest with its cascading granite rocks and colony of nearly 2,000 endangered African penguins.
The Table Mountain National Park Conservation Project situated on the edge of Simon’s Town has saved the population of the African penguin from extinction. These penguins are fiercely protected, and rightfully so. As part of the project, walkways and viewpoints were built to allow the animals to be viewed in their natural breeding and nesting habitat.
Meandering through the beach brush and boulders, following the wooden walkway, I came within meters of these penguins. There I was standing on the shoreline watching the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean crash into ancient rocks all while dozens of penguins in their “tuxedo suits” waddle passed me almost racing with each other to dive into the warm ocean waters. The entire experience was truly remarkable.
BOUDLERS BEACH TRAVEL TIPS:
I drove a rental car from Cape Town to Boulders Beach / Simons Town and back in one day. After Simons Town, I drove to the Cape of Good Hope and explored around the area at sunset. Then, I drove back into Cape Town. It is a great day trip and I highly recommend it. I am sure there are tour companies, but I highly recommend renting a car. The journey to Simons Town is stunning and you will want to stop and explore and take photos. Also, just a heads up penguins don't smell as cute as they look.