Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located on the Cape Peninsula, in Simon's Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is also commonly known as Boulders Bay.[1] It is a popular tourist spot because of a colony of African penguins which settled there in 1982. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park.

Boulders Beach
African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at Boulders Beach
African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) at Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach is located in South Africa
Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach
Coordinates: 34°11′49″S 18°27′04″E / 34.197°S 18.451°E / -34.197; 18.451
LocationCape Peninsula, Simon's Town, Western Cape
Patrolled byTable Mountain National Park
AccessKleintuin Road, Simon's Town

These African penguins are only found on the coastlines of Southern Africa (South Africa and Namibia). These penguins are currently endangered.[2] As a result, the penguins are under the protection of the Cape Nature Conservation.

Although set in 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 natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony[3] has grown to about 3000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the prohibition of commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of sardines and anchovies, which form part of the penguins' diet.[4] as well as the help from former SANDF naval officer, Van the Penguin Man [5]

Bordered mainly by indigenous bush above the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear water of False Bay on the other, the area comprises several small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old.

The most popular recreational spot is Boulders Beach, but the penguins are best viewed from Foxy Beach, where newly constructed boardwalks take visitors to within a few metres of the birds. It is also a famous swimming beach, although people are restricted to beaches adjacent to the penguin colony.

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  1. ^ "Boulders Penguin Colony". Cape Town Tourism. Archived from the original on 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-12.
  2. ^ "African Penguin; Endangered; Cape Town". 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2012-03-30.
  3. ^ "Boulders Beach Penguins".
  4. ^ "South African National Parks - SANParks - Official Website - Accommodation, Activities, Prices, Reservations".
  5. ^ "See or Swim with African Penguins at Boulders Beach Simon Town".

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