Boulders Beach, part of the Table Mountain National Park, is basically a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It’s situated in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon’s Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. What makes this a popular tourist stop because is the colony of African Penguins, which settled there in 1982. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where penguins can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment. From just two breeding pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 birds in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which has increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which form part of the penguins’ diet.


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