Boulders Beach is one of only 2 mainland nesting colonies of African or jackass penguins in South Africa. From just 2 breeding pairs in 1982, the colony has now grown to nearly 3,000.
Boulders Beach comprises of a number of small, sheltered bays looking out into False Bay. The bays are sheltered from the wind by large granite boulders which are estimated to be over 500 million years old.
Having paid a small entrance fee, most visitors head to the wooden boardwalk which leads right into the heart of the breeding and nesting ground, where the photo opportunities are endless. There are penguins swimming, penguins on nests, penguins standing, sitting, lying down, walking around...and because it is possible to get so close to the birds, a long zoom lens is not necessary to get an excellent shot of one of them in their natural habitat.
A short walk down a bush-lined path takes you to another viewing point. On the way, look out for more penguins nesting under the bushes. It is also possible to go down to one of the bays, where you are able to stroll along the beach among the penguins without the confines of fences separating you. And if you fancy a swim with a penguin, there's no one to stop you here, and a few people do brave the extremely cold water, and dive in for this unique experience.