Boulders Beach is part of the Mountain National Park in South Africa and is a very popular destination among tourists. The area is regulated and there is an entrance fee. The place is a fertile breeding space for more than 2000 species of Penguins and is a famed tourist attraction.
The best time for a visit is in winters during December to February even though the place is open all year round. The colony of Penguins found here is endangered and is not found anywhere else in the world. Read below for a detailed overview of Boulders Beach.
Places to See
The place being part of the National Park is well regulated and this also means that the place is maintained very well. You will get access to public toilets and rest rooms along with beach showers at Boulders Beach.
The beach is huge and not very crowded but its best to reach early in the morning to reserve a spot. The ocean is calm and you can easily swim in it or simply relax while sunbathing near the shore. The place is also safe for toddlers and the waves are gentle. Alcohol and smoking in not permitted here and you cannot take any boats with you as well. Low tide is the best time to visit the region and parking space can be pretty crowded so ensure that you visit during the weekdays when it’s relatively devoid of visitors.
Things to Do
The African penguins throng the region and the place is best explored on foot. The area is under patrol by rangers to ensure the place is safe for both wildlife and tourists. A walkway has been built to give visitors a glimpse into the Penguin life. You can also explore granite rock like formations that have built naturally over centuries.
There are many tiny rocky pools and bays where you can simply relax and view the Penguins. If you have a little time with you, it is always a good idea to extend your tour to include the Foxy Beach. It is near Boulders Beach and is a breeding ground for Penguins. The walkways are tourist friendly and will take you very near to the birds. Wheelchair access is also provided.
Where to eat and stay
There are a host of restaurants in the Boulders beach area even though the actual place inside the reserve doesn’t have any accommodation. Bertha’s restaurant is a nice place to visit and is not very far from Boulders Beach. You can get a taste of some South African delicacies here and also indulge in some quality seafood.
But if you are looking to spend a few days here then you can stay in the many resorts that have sprung near the main entrance. There are also many guided tours which will explain the breeding habits of Penguins and if you are lucky, you might also get a chance to swim with these birds. However, it’s best not to venture too close to the Penguins on your own as they can leave nasty scars.