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The Boulders Beach parking lot provides a great vantage point for photographing the penguins as they make their way down to the water. 

There are many penguins in the coastal scrub around the parking lot and one needs to check under your vehicle when you leave that there are no hiding birds there. As they prepare to enter the water you can capture great images of the penguins antics.


Best Time to Photograph
Early mornings
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Beachscapes
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
Do not climb over the walls or disturb nesting penguins. respect the penguins and keep your distance.
Recommended Gear
A medium telephoto lens (70-200mm) is enough to photograph from the parking lot. However, the penguins also pass very close by on their way down to the water,so you can use shorter or even wide angle lenses too.


Site Highlights
Breeding and nesting African Penguins.


Season and Weather
The Capes' seasons are very distinct. Summers are hot and windy, winters are cool and rainy. All the seasons provide good photographic opportunities. Summers can be very wind with the southeaster blowing incessantly.
Other Activities
  • swimming
  • Bird Watching


Closest Town
Getting There
Drive through Simonstown, past the Seaforth Beach turnoff. Turn Left down Bellevue Road and park in the parking lot.
Bellevue Road Simonstown


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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.