Little Miss Turtle | Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in a wheelchair

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in a wheelchair

Boulders Beach | Home of the African Penguin


The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is for sure a must see when in Cape Town! The African Penguins are so very cute! You can spend the whole day watching them! Discover the sweet waddling guys for yourself!


African Penguin at Boulders Beach

African Penguin


Some basic facts

Boulders Beach is located near Simon’s Town, about 45 km south of Cape Town. It is home to a colony of African Penguins since the early 1980’s. The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is an endangered species and is therefore very well protected in South Africa. Boulders Beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park.


Penguins on Boulders Beach

Penguins hanging out on the beach – Mar 2017


Visiting the Penguin Colony with my brother

Visiting the Penguin Colony with my brother – Mar 2017


Penguin Couple

Couple of African Penguins – Mar 2017


Penguins on a rock

Penguins on a rock


Penguins having a good time

Seems like they are having a good time – Mar 2017


Penguins caring for their babies

Taking care of their babies – Mar 2017



Wheelchair users can easily visit the Penguin Colony viewing area. In general you have to pay an entrance fee of 70 Rand for one adult (~5 EUR/USD). We still have no clue why, but we didn’t have to pay anything. There was no disability discount published. As soon as the guides at the entrance saw me, they opened the wheelchair entrance and let us in. While the wooden and slightly bumpy boardwalk to the penguin viewing area is fully wheelchair accessible, the swimming area itself is unfortunately not. But most importantly, there is also a huge wheelchair restroom with handle bars and an adult changing table.


Accessible boardwalk to the Penguin Colony viewing area

Accessible boardwalk to the Penguin Colony viewing area – Mar 2017


Viewing area - Dec 2013

Viewing area – Dec 2013


Wheelchair accessible penguin viewing area

Wheelchair accessible penguin viewing area – Dec 2013


Ocean view

Ocean view – Dec 2013


How to get there

You can reach Simon’s Town by car in a fifty-minute drive, starting from Cape Town. There is a parking area with wheelchair parking lots on Seaforth Road. Just ask the guard and he’ll show you where to park. From there, it is only a short walk to the entrance of the Penguin Colony viewing area.

My Travel Tip: Come in the morning and don’t forget your sun protection. The South African sun is very strong – way stronger than the European sun! You’ll probably be hungry after visiting the cute penguins, so maybe you’d like to try the wheelchair accessible Seaforth restaurant with its beautiful terrace and great food which is located next to the parking!


How do you like penguins? Have you already been to Simon’s Town? Please tell me about your experiences and leave a comment below or write an email! Stay tuned, there’s much more to come about things to do in Cape Town!

Boulders Beach Penguins


General Accessibility


Accessibility of sights


Wheelchair-friendly restrooms


Wheelchair-accessible paths


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  • Daniel 06/04/2017   Reply →

    Wie die Fotos des anderen Posts, zeugen auch diese wieder einmal von der idyllischen Landschaft Südafrikas. Was ich nicht verstehe, Nienchen, ist warum die letzten Fotos von 2013 sind und die anderen, wie erwartet, von 2017. hmmmm… warst du 2013 schon mal dort, ist es ein Problem der Kamera (falsche Metadaten im Foto) oder habe ich etwas verpasst? Liebe Grüsse

    • Melanie 06/04/2017   Reply →

      Daniel, vielen Dank für deinen Kommentar! Ja, ich war im Dezember 2013 schon einmal in Kapstadt und auch am Boulders Beach bei den Pinguinen. Ich habe diesmal keine Bilder von der rollstuhlgerechten Aussichtsplattform gemacht, daher habe ich zur Verdeutlichung auf die Fotos von 2013 zurückgegriffen :-)! Liebe Grüße

  • LENOIR Françoise 07/04/2017   Reply →

    Putain !
    Bien peinards tous ces pingouins…
    Tous les humains , pour eux, au petit soin,
    protection assurée sans flics dans le décor…
    Le paradis pour eux,
    pour nous humains quand tout va bien, profitons !
    Car jamais pour bien longtemps,
    Sont toujours présents les empêcheurs de tourner en rond…
    Pas comme les chiens qui n’ont pas la possibilité d’ouvrir le frigo: dépendant de leur maître.
    Pas besoin de se rendre loin,
    La mer est là pour se ravitailler et le soleil pour avoir bien chaud !
    Et puis , ils sont beaux les pingouins, pas dans la diversité de leur apparence: un peu dommage!
    L’humain est plus fantaisiste en matière d’apparence: un plus ou un moins ?

    Très belles photos de cette région qui donnent envie d’y aller…

    Merci Mélie

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