A parade of Penguins

Boulders Beach in Table Mountain National Park combines access, nature and fun

Table Mountain National Park merges into and beyond the city of Cape Town, is a world heritage site and has been voted as one of the 7 New Natural Wonders of the World. There are many attractions that are accessible for the mobility-impaired, like Cape Point, Buffelsfontein, Silvermine and Table Mountain itself, but pride of place in terms of access in the park goes to Boulders Beach and Penguin Colony, whether one wants to look at penguins, go to the bathing beach or visit the shop-cum-information centre.

Access Adaptations:

  • The north-side boardwalk provides access to the penguin-viewing beach, allowing visitors the opportunity to watch and photograph without disturbing nesting and roosting birds.
  • A concrete pathway on the southern side provides access to the bathing beach.
  • Willis Boardwalk links the two main beaches.
  • There are 3 separate UA ablutions, at the main entrance gate; along Willis Walk; and at the bathing beach.
  • A wheelchair is available for free use.
  • Ramps and swing gates are provided for wheelchair users and prams at all key locations.

How to get there

Boulders is in Simon’s Town, a suburb of Cape Town on the western side of False Bay. It can be accessed via the M4 from North and South or via the M66 from the West.

More information (including rates) about Boulders, Table Mountain National Park or the other 20 national parks can be found on the SANParks’ website www.sanparks.org. Designated UA units are kept on reserve for those who need them and can only be booked directly with SANParks on special request. Unlike other units they cannot be booked in advance online until the reserve period has expired. Visitors to parks pay a daily conservation fee to make use of park facilities and enjoy the natural heritage, but if you buy a Wild Card, that fee is waived.

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