Should I Visit…. Boulders Beach, South Africa?

Boulders Beach, the home of the African penguins. Just outside of Cape Town, nestled on the coast is a penguin colony. They dip in and out of the sandy rocks that look like they have been dropped by a landscape designer.

A girl in a red bikini sits on a rock, surrounded by African Penguins. It is sunny and there is a blue sky.
[Image Description: A girl in a red bikini sits on a rock, surrounded by African Penguins. It is sunny and there is a blue sky.]
A sea of black and white burbles and chirrup- they honk angrily at each other and also the occasional tourist (of which there are many.) Who wouldn’t want to come to a beach that was not only stunning, but filled with animals that we normally expect to find in much colder regions?

A girl in a red bikini sits on a rock, surrounded by African Penguins. It is sunny and there is a blue sky.
[Image Description: A girl in a red bikini sits on a rock, surrounded by African Penguins. It is sunny and there is a blue sky.]
Boulders Beach, just next to Seaforth in South Africa is a top attraction. In 1982 the colony began when a few of these little angels found shelter between the large rocks. If you come to pay them a visit (it does cost) you’ll be able to see up to 2,500 penguins. Although they’re an endangered species, the African Penguin can find refuge on this protected and clean beach.

A girl stands next to a boulder in the sea, that has an African penguin in top. It is a sunny day with a blue sky.
[Image Description: A girl stands next to a boulder in the sea, that has an African penguin in top. It is a sunny day with a blue sky. ]
What’s really great about this beach however is the proximity you can get to the inhabitants. You can swim with them, follow them into their houses and sit beside them. However, they are wild so don’t be surprised if they honk at you or even bite you! One of our friends recalled for us a time when he had been to friendly and felt the repercussions. We think he must have really pissed them off because they were nothing but lovely to us.

Two girls sit smiling on a beach, with two African penguins behind them.
[Image Description: Two girls sit smiling on a beach, with two African penguins behind them.]
I would definitely recommend going. The numbers are dwindling, and even this protected area is feeling the detrimental effect of over fishing, pollution and irresponsible tourism activities. Though the area is well cleaned it is imperative for those visiting to clean up after themselves and not stress out the penguins too much. Though they do take matters into their own hands if they feel threatened!

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