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Kayaking with Penguins

Kayaking With Penguins is an exiting and unique way to explore and experience not only the Boulders Beach Penguin colony, but also Simon’s Town and it’s Naval Harbour where we pass South Africa’s biggest Naval vessels.

Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town is home to a land-based colony of endangered African Penguins. The beautiful False Bay coastline welcomes you to explore its warm inviting waters and to embark on a sea kayaking adventure of a lifetime. Hop into one of our sturdy, stable kayaks and take a guided trip to the iconic landmark of Boulders Beach.

In 1985, when the first pair of relocated African (Jackass) penguins began to lay eggs, the suburban seaside village of Simon’s Town had no idea that Boulders Beach would become home to a colony of over 2350 penguins!

The best way for nature lovers to see this amazing colony is from the water, while basking in the Cape Town sun and witnessing the breathtaking land and sea views of False Bay. At Boulders Beach you will have the unique opportunity to swim with the penguins at a semi-private beach. Be careful though, these cute, waddling birds have nasty bites!

Grab your chance to see a whale during the August to October Whale Season and spend time with these incredible and endangered sea mammals in their natural environment.

If you are an avid adventure seeker or nature lover and have felt the exhilaration of the many exciting adventure activities that Cape Town has to offer, you must know that your “adventure resume” is simply not complete without a kayaking trip on the warm waters of False Bay to the Boulders Beach African Penguin colony.


Kayaking with Penguins

Overall experience will take about 2 hours

Daily departures usually at 08.30 or 09:30 seasonally weather permitting

Self drive - transfers can be arranged from Cape Town CBD at an additional cost

All kayaking equipment provided

No experience required, must be able to swim

R 350 per person

Kayaking Requirements:

  • Maximum weight limit 120kg
  • Minimum age requirement 10 years old. Younger children need a strong adult with them to do the hard work.
  • Minimum participants 2
  • Maximum participants 20

Suggested Packing List:

  • Shorts and t-shirt
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Barefoot or sandals – no flip flops
  • Windbreaker
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for afterwards
  • Good sense of adventure!

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