9 Best Boulders Beach Penguin Tours (Short, Half-day & Full-day)

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Getting up close with penguins is one of the best experiences in Cape Town. Options include scenic drives along the beautiful Cape Peninsula coast visiting famous landmarks like Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point and Simon’s Town or kayaking to the penguins. We’ve found tours catering to every penguin seeker and nature lover.


  • Scenic mountain and ocean drive along Chapman’s Peak
  • Visit South Africa’s largest penguin colony at Boulders Beach
  • Explore Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Know before you book:

  • Use printed or mobile voucher for your own convenience
  • This is a full day tour
  • Some include pick-up and drop-off at your accommodation in Cape Town
  • All children must be accompanied by an adult

One of the only places in the world outside of polar regions where penguins gather year-round, Boulders Beach is a unique and incredible place to visit. The penguin beach is a short walk from parking spaces through indigenous forest and a perfect white sand beach where you can swim and snorkel with the penguins!

Cape Town penguins tours include kayaking adventures and combination trips with Table Mountain and Chapmans Peak. Choose between a short tour, half-day tour and full-day tour! You’ll have the chance to soak up the best of Cape Town and find the exquisite and diverse beauty of South Africa.

Boulders Beach Entrance Fees 2019

The Boulders Beach entrance fee starts at USD $3 for South Africans and USD $12 for foreign tourists. Depending on the tour you choose, Boulders Beach penguin price will be part of your tour package.

Tour Prices

The tours below start from USD $26 and can go to as much as USD $200 depending on how exclusive you want your trip to be, as well as how many additional places are included in the tour! Whether you want to kayak with the swimming penguins or spend the whole day touring  Cape Town’s abundant nature, there’s a tour here for everyone.

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Operating Hours

Boulders beach is open all year for 7 days a week at the following times:

December – January: 07h00 – 19h30
February – April: 08h00 -18h30
May – September: 08h00 – 17h00
October – Novemeber:  08h00 – 18h30

Best Time to go

The best time to visit Boulders Beach is in South Africa’s summer (October – February) when the weather is warm and you can brave the cold waters to swim with the penguins! If you’re in Cape Town during whale watching season (July-November) you might be lucky and spot some whales from Cape Point viewpoint. The penguins stay here all through the year, so there’s no wrong time to go.

Cape Point and Boulders Beach Tours

This is the perfect day trip to see things outside of Cape Town like the fascinating penguin colony at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town and Cape Point. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes and shoes as you might need to take a little hike upon visiting these sights.

Get ready for a day packed full of exciting activities. With minibus options that will pick you up at your accommodation in Cape Town city center or surrounding areas, you will get to enjoy some of the most astonishing views in Cape Town.

Falsebay Kayaking with Penguins Tour

African penguin swimming

Paddle to the penguins on Boulders beach in Kayaks with a tour to guide you. This is a fantastic way to get up and close with the animals all around the bay and that’s why its one of our favorite options to see the penguins in Cape Town.

You’ll likely also spot seals and other ocean wildlife on your kayaking adventure. Jump out and take a swim and enjoy the views of Cape Town’s gorgeous coastline.

What we liked: It’s a wonderful way to see the colony, not only on the beach but in the water.
  • 2-person kayak and paddles
  • Lifejacket
  • Windbreaker
  • Experienced guide

  • Transportation
  • Food and drinks
  • Towel

A great excuse to take to the sea for some fun and exercise, this kayaking tour of Boulders Beach is a really unique and special way to see the penguins. Bring a towel and a change of clothes – the kayaks are very stable, but you’ll still get a little wet.

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Bo Kaap, Table Mountain, Chapman’s Peak & Boulders Beach Tours


Visit the colorful houses of Bo Kaap, take a cable car up Table Mountain and then enjoy the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Followed by a stop at the Boulders Penguin Colony and Cape Point (fees not included).

This penguins Cape Town tour is the perfect combination of Cape Town’s eclectic cultures and gorgeous nature. With idyllic photo opportunities and plenty of sights to soak in, it’s the perfect day trip.

What we liked: It’s all of Cape Town’s iconic attractions in one day tour!

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private tour guide and driver
  • Entrance fees to Table Mountain and Chapman’s Peak
  • Luxury vehicle

  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance fees to Boulders Beach and Cape Point

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Wine Tasting, Cape Point and Penguin Explorer Tour


One for the wine lovers, this tour combines the best activities around the Cape Peninsula. Take a scenic drive along Chapman’s Peak, past Misty Cliffs and the seaside village Scarborough and finally reach Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park.

The coastline of Cape Town along Chapman’s Peak is a truly magical sight. With Table Mountain on one side and the crystal-clear Atlantic ocean on your other, you’ll see why Chapman’s Peak is everyone’s favorite Sunday afternoon drive. Pack your camera, because you’ll get to enjoy a snapshot opportunity at Maiden’s Cove.

Visit the Cape of Good Hope sign, the lighthouse and the South African penguins at Boulders Beach, Cape Town. Finally time for wine o’ clock, you’ll pass through Constantia Valley Wine Route where you can enjoy a wine tasting at one of the most prestigious wine farms in the country.

What we liked: The tour perfectly combines some of the best things to do in Cape Town.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private tour guide and driver
  • Entrance fees to five stops
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Wine tastings
  • Luxury vehicle

  • Additional food and and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees to three stops

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Full Day Cape Town Penguin Tour

This tour also starts out with a gorgeous drive along Chapman’s Peak! Upon reaching Hout Bay, you can opt to book an additional boat tour to Seal Island. The tour continues to Noordhoek village.

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point are up next. Cape Point is where the Atlantic Ocean and Indian Ocean currents meet. Cape Point is a declared a natural world heritage site, so you can be sure to experience the most beautiful views from the top of the lookout point.

The most south-western point of the African continent is a great place to see fynbos, the indigenous fauna and flora of the Cape region. You can expect to see some signs of wildlife while you are up there – we know that baboons love this spot! And if you’re in luck, you might spot a zebra or a bontebok.

You’ll also get to explore The Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, see the beacon of Bartholomeus Diaz (the first person to sail around the Southern tip of Africa) or take a hike up to Cape Point Lighthouse. If you don’t want to hike up to the lighthouse, you can enjoy a ride with the Flying Dutchman Funicular at an additional cost, where you will be astonished by the beautiful views.

And last, but not least, you can get up close to the Boulders penguins at Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town. Hosting the largest penguin colony in South Africa, Boulders Beach (often misspelled as Bolders Beach) attracts hundreds of visitors yearly. So, get up close to these cute creatures, looking like little men in tuxedo’s, before returning to Cape Town via the scenic Boyes Drive passing Muizenberg and Kalk Bay beaches.

What we liked: A perfect tour for those looking to experience more of Cape Town’s natural side.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Private tour guide and driver
  • Entrance fees to Chapman’s Peak and Cape of Good Hope
  • Luxury vehicle
  • Bottled water

  • Meals and drinks
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance fees to Boulders Beach
  • Optional boat to Seal Island and Dutchman Funicular (optional)

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9.3Expert Score
There are some really great ways to experience Boulders Beach and the rest of Cape Town's lush wilderness. Whichever you pick, it's going to be a fun day!
Value for money
  • Easy booking and cancellations
  • Free pick-up service
  • Great number of additional activities to be booked
  • Additional costs may apply to enter Boulders Beach
  • Admission fees for some stops

Specification: 9 Best Boulders Beach Penguin Tours (Short, Half-day & Full-day)


Not wheelchair accessible


1 – 2.5 hours, 1 day, 4 – 6 hours


Bottle of Water, Entrance fees, Experienced guide, Return transfers by luxury minibus, Toll fees at Chapman’s Peak


Boat to Seal Island, Entrance Fees, Meals and drinks

Meals & Drinks

Not included


Pick-up and drop off in Cape Town and surrounds

Suitable For

Nature lovers, Not suitable for disabled persons

15 reviews for 9 Best Boulders Beach Penguin Tours (Short, Half-day & Full-day)

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  1. Anonymous

    Half day tour but stopped over a number of towns, met the penguin and hiked cape of food hope. Guide Mark was a good company and briefed me through the history of the towns and the cape. Very good use of my afternoon.

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  2. a GetYourGuide customer – Austria

    A wonderful day in Cape Peninsula Except the confusion about the pick-up time from our hotel everything was perfect. Our guide quickly managed this little problem and we had a lovely day. Do ask for the pick-up time after your booking!

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  3. Anne – United Kingdom

    An amazing tour! Would highly recommend. Learnt so many interesting things and saw spectacular views.

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  4. Amy – South Africa

    excellent personalised tour.

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  5. Julia – Germany

    Great Tour and very nice guide We did see a lot of things in Cape Town within a short time. Great to have these highlights. Tour Guide had many Information. Really nice Tour!

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  6. Paul – South Africa

    Our tour guide was amazing.. so friendly and had so much knowledge throughout the whole trip.. couldn’t have asked for a better day. Can’t recommend this trip highly enough dan especially our tour guide Armond.. he was brilliant.

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  7. a GetYourGuide customer – United States

    Great way to pack in a lot of great must-sees!

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  8. Tiina – Sweden

    Nice tour, but too stressful Nice tour to Cape Point, but too short of time there, only 45 min to walk up and back to the lighthouse (funicular was not working) since we need to hurry to Simons Town. No walk to Good hope, only drive with minibus for 5 min photoshop. We got lunch at Simons Town around 2-3 pm and that was too late since we left early in the morning. No time to grab anything at Cape Point. The stop at Kirschenborsch Garden was just a "need to do stop" on the tour, no guide at all, just a walk inside the garden for 30 min. Take the tour without Kirscheborsch Garden instead and go there another day.

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  9. John – Ireland

    A great way to see the Cape Peninsula A great way to see the Cape Peninsula. Paul, our guide, was knowledgeable and resourceful, having to successfully rejig the tour when the Chapman's Point road was closed without warning.

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  10. Tina – United States

    Loved our guide, so nice and informative.

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  11. a GetYourGuide customer – South Africa

    Guide rude Kayak rudder stuck several time and no assistance from guide Beautiful scenic views just a pity the guide very unfriendly and blatantly rude

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  12. a GetYourGuide customer – Denmark

    A must do when in Cape Town We had a great experience throughout, seeing some of the best places and spots along the coast of the Cape. Our guide Jean Luc provided great service and extensive knowledge on the history of SA. This tour is a must do when visiting Cape Town or South Africa in general.

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  13. Sven – Germany

    This was a true 5 star experience and we would even add a sixth if we could! We can warmly recommend KT Tours with which we not only did one day tour but spontaneously three in a row. Our guide Jean Luc was super knowledgable and made our stay in Capetown absolutely special! Keep up this spirit!

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  14. Anastasia – Russia

    That was an excellent experience! Huge thanks to my guide and driver!

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  15. a GetYourGuide customer – Switzerland

    Belle mete Ottimo per visitare il più possibile in poco tempo. Peccato siamo stati portati a visitare la Table Mountain nonostante si vedesse già che era immersa nella nebbia e perciò tanto freddo e umido e zero vista. :-(.In questo senso manca flessibilità.

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