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Cape Nature and Wildlife
There are plenty of nature reserves in and around Cape Town dedicated to protecting the sensitive and unique urban ecosystems. Whether you’re looking for wild flowers or want to visit the colony of endangered African penguins, we can show you the way.
Boulders Beach Penguin Colony
A scenic series of bays and coves sheltered between granite rocks is Cape Town’s breeding colony of African penguins. A protected reserve in the suburb of Simon’s Town, Boulders is a safe haven for these nesting seabirds and has helped grow the population from just two breeding pairs in 1982, to over 2000 in recent years.
Visiting Boulders is fun for families and for those looking for a picture-perfect beach spot for a summer’s day in Cape Town. The penguins and their nests are respected and visitors are asked to keep their distance while enjoying the unique experience of watching them go about their wild lives.