WATCH: Be bowled over by Cape Town's unique penguin sanctuary beach

2018-10-14 07:21 - Marisa Crous
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It is one of the world's most Instagrammed beaches. It is nature at its most pristine. And you can even swim with penguins. Bonus! (Just don't get too close, they do bite). 

READ: Boulders and Cape Point tariffs drastically dropped for South Africans

Boulders Beach, just outside Simon's Town along the False Bay coastline of the Western Cape is an itinerary-first when visiting the surrounding areas of the Mother City. Have a swim, a picnic and a big amount of chill as the kids enjoy the surf which is sheltered in a cove created by the giant boulders.

Boulders is home to a unique and endangered land-based colony of African penguins. They are currently endangered due to issues such as over-fishing and low breeding numbers. Be careful in your interactions with these beautiful animals, especially those molting, as disturbing them might force them into the water, which could be very harmful to their heath at this critical life stage, as it helps to ensure they stay dry and warm in the ocean. 

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(PHOTOS: Marisa Crous)

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(PHOTO: Alison Kock) 

Recently, South African National Parks (SANParks) confirmed that as of 1 November 2018, conservation fees to Boulders will be cheaper for South African citizens, SADC citizens and foreigners with a SA residency permit.

Prices: 

Standard Fee Adult R152 and Child R76
SADC Adult R76 and child R39
Local Adult R39 and child R29

So, there you have it: a) beautiful beach, b) swimming with penguins (don't touch!), c) great for family fun, d) price drop for South Africans and e) by visiting the Boulders Visitor Centre plus the beach itself, you are contributing to conservation efforts by SANParks in this Marine Protected Area

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