You can't visit Cape Town without going to Boulder Beach, the penguin beach. It's an activity that attracts a lot of tourists and that's normal! Seeing penguins in South Africa seems unreal, that's why you have to go to Boulder Beach.
In 1982, some of these penguins settled on soft white sand between large boulders of granite that protected the beach from wind and storm surges. Currently, the population is estimated at 2,000 or 3,000 individuals. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution, and irresponsible tourist activities, African penguins are listed as endangered. Boulders Beach settlements are also suffering the consequences, with their numbers declining over the past two years.
Fortunately, Boulders and surrounding beaches are now part of the Table Mountain National Park Marine Reserve, which ensures safe, clean beaches and penguin protection. A few years ago, three wheelchair-accessible boardwalks were built to accommodate the approximately 60,000 visitors to the beach each year. These walkways meander through dunes and vegetation, providing not only great views, but also shelter for nesting penguins and their chicks. But once in a while, you can see one of these little companions staggering in the parking lot.