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Boulder Bay Penguins

The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is located close to the seaside village of Simons Town. Boulders Beach is named for the huge boulders that stand in the water. The boulders make it an ideal swimming beach, protecting swimmers from currents.

In 1983, a pair of African penguins was spotted on Foxy Beach - in 1985 they began to lay. Since then the colony has grown very quickly and by 1997 there were 2,350 adult birds. Due to the vast number of penguins in the colony and the influx of tourists that this has created, the Cape Peninsula National Park authority has taken over the area. The penguins have been fenced in to stop them wandering inland and invading private gardens, and a series of board walks have been set up, as well as a visitor centre.

With the penguins spilling over onto nearby beaches, Boulders Beach is the only place in the world where you can swim amongst the penguins. The relatively warm waters of False Bay make for ideal conditions, while the penguins are known to be fairly tolerant of humans swimming around them.

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Cape Town, the Blue Train & Kruger
4.6 stars(25 reviews)
2024Nov
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  • DestinationSouth Africa
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia
  • Starts / EndsLondon Heathrow
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The Splendours of Southern Africa
4.7 stars(10 reviews)
2024Sep
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16 days from
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  • DestinationBotswana, South Africa, Zambia
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South African Adventure
3.9 stars(12 reviews)
2024Oct
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9 days from
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  • DestinationNamibia, South Africa
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Victoria Falls, Cape Town and Botswana Safari
30/Apr
Christine Lawrence
5 stars
“This was a very enjoyable trip. There were 5 flights, which enabled us to see a wide variety of places, people and animals. Although busy there was always time to chill, have a drink at the bar and a chat to others in the group. The quality of the service and the hotels was very good. I especially liked the fact that we often ate in local restaurants, recommended to us. The food was excellent, especially in South Africa where it was also surprisingly cheap. Besides our tour guide, who was with us for the whole trip, we had a variety of local guides. Their knowledge was extensive and it gave me a real feel of what it is like to live in the places we visited..We had a delay of 2 days with the plane home from Johannesburg. These circumstances were dealt with promptly and efficiently by Great Rail and turned into a bonus rather than a negative.
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Cape Town, The Blue Train and Kruger National Park
4/Apr
David Dodds
5 stars
“Three great holidays in on trip! First of all the trip would not have been as good without our tour manager Angie and the excellent guides and drivers. Angie had all the info needed and kept us up to date with everything. Hotels were excellent. Staff friendly, rooms very well appointed, food very good and varied. Cape Town - from Cape Point to Table Mountain to Boulders Bay Penguin colony; much to see and enjoy. Hout Bay and Seal Island for seals and dolphins. Cape Town Waterfront area is lively with a great selection of places to eat and shop with very friendly staff. Added to this the visits to a winery in Stellenbosch (and "Uncle Samie's Store"in the town), lunch at another estate and the obligatory visit to Robben Island there was so much to see and the time was filled without any boredom. The group gelled brilliantly with members passing on info about their own travels and recommending further travels. The Blue Train - this is NOT your ordinary train journey. From embarkation to disembarkation we were looked after by a staff whose total commitment was to those on board and their enjoyment of the journeys experience. Excellent food, selection of wines and an ambience that ensured all passed the time in comfort and enjoyment. The journey was not fast as the train is subject to the requirements of the railway but that gave enough time to view the passing country and the ever changing scenery. The stop at Kimberley, the visit to "the Big Hole" diamond mine museum was worth it. A big hole and a long way down from the viewing platform! The old town is set out with all the shops, store and facilities right down to the shale covered streets. Last but not least, Kruger National Park. Two game drives with an early start of 4.30am. We were able to see the "big five" and a number of other species. Knowledgeable guides and drivers, adequate stops for comfort and food and great company. There is nothing to beat seeing the animals in the wild and realising that they are but metres away! Great photographs! But all too soon it has to end, the journey back to Johannesburg and the airport and home. An excellent holiday and great memories!
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Grand Tour of South Africa
05 Dec 2022
Mr Chris Payne
5 stars
“Superb service from day one
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