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Panoramic Boulders Beach
The panoramic Boulders Beach, located near Cape Town is renowned for a unique, land-based colony of African penguins. This region is also a part of the Table Mountain National Park and since it harbors endangered species, the area has been declared as a protected area. This beach, with its wind sheltered bays and safe sandy shores, is home to a breeding colony of over 2000 endangered African Penguins.
Walking with the penguins is a truly special experience and Table Mountain National Park staffs are knowledgeable and offer guided tours. It is ideal for kids as immense boulders shelter the cove from currents and large waves - but please always take care. Also, don't touch or feed the penguins. These flightless birds may nip your fingers with their razor-sharp beaks, if they feel threatened.
The best thing is the Boulders Beach accommodation offers various options from Mariner Guesthouse, Boulders Beach Guest House, Simon’s, Whale View Manor Guesthouse and Town Quayside Hotel
You can do various activities as people also love organizing picnics on the beach. The Table Mountains National Park offers a horde of activities for adventure lovers, including mountain biking, whaling, bungee jumping, river rafting, and canoeing. The park offers refuge to seals, dolphins, sharks, whales, and birds. Adults can play a game of golf at the mini golf course next to parking lot. The best thing is that it is opened 7 days a week although the visiting hours may vary and make sure to check Boulders Beach entrance fee before going
Facts about Boulders Beach
- The Penguin Colony was set up on the beach in 1983.
- In 2011, the bird population of about 2,100 was recorded, while the numbers were 3,900 in 2005.
- The African Penguins were declared endangered on 26 May, 2010.
- A final word of advice for those who have driven to Boulders Beach: before you leave, check to see whether any stray birds have chosen to rest in the shade of, or underneath, your car.
- Boulders is a safe beach with rangers on patrol every day
- Alcohol and smoking are banned on the beach
- As there is limited parking space, it is better to arrive early during the summer season.
- It is suggested to visit the beach during low tide as there is more beach space.
To widen your knowledge on Boulders Beach visit http://www.allwonders.com/destinations/south-africa/boulders-beach
Ebola Alert: Travelers planning to visit South Africa need not worry, since the government has banned entry to visitors arriving from the Ebola-hit West African countries