Boulders Beach Penguin Panorama

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in a wheelchair

Boulders Beach – Home of the African Penguin

 

The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is for sure a must see when in Cape Town! The African Penguins are so very cute! You can spend the whole day watching them! Discover the sweet waddling guys for yourself!

 

African Penguin at Boulders Beach

African Penguin

 

Some basic facts

Boulders Beach is located near Simon’s Town, about 45 km south of Cape Town. It is home to a colony of African Penguins since the early 1980’s. The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is an endangered species and is therefore very well protected in South Africa. Boulders Beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park.

 

Penguins on Boulders Beach

Penguins hanging out on the beach – Mar 2017

 

Visiting the Penguin Colony with my brother

Visiting the Penguin Colony with my brother – Mar 2017

 

Penguin Couple

Couple of African Penguins – Mar 2017

 

Penguins on a rock

Rocky Mountains – Mar 2017

 

Penguins having a good time

Seems like they are having a good time – Mar 2017

 

Penguins caring for their babies

Taking care of their babies – Mar 2017

 

Accessibility

Wheelchair users can easily visit the Penguin Colony viewing area. In general you have to pay an entrance fee of 70 Rand for one adult (~5 EUR/USD). We still have no clue why, but we didn’t have to pay anything. There was no disability discount published. As soon as the guides at the entrance saw me, they opened the wheelchair entrance and let us in. While the wooden and slightly bumpy boardwalk to the penguin viewing area is fully wheelchair accessible, the swimming area itself is unfortunately not. But most importantly, there is also a huge wheelchair restroom with handle bars and an adult changing table.

 

Accessible boardwalk to the Penguin Colony viewing area

Accessible boardwalk to the Penguin Colony viewing area – Mar 2017

 

Viewing area - Dec 2013

Viewing area – Dec 2013

 

Wheelchair accessible penguin viewing area

Wheelchair accessible penguin viewing area – Dec 2013

 

Ocean view

Ocean view – Dec 2013

 

How to get there

You can reach Simon’s Town by car in a fifty-minute drive, starting from Cape Town. There is a parking area with wheelchair parking lots on Seaforth Road. Just ask the guard and he’ll show you where to park. From there, it is only a short walk to the entrance of the Penguin Colony viewing area.

My Travel Tip: Come in the morning and don’t forget your sun protection. The South African sun is very strong – way stronger than the European sun! You’ll probably be hungry after visiting the cute penguins, so maybe you’d like to try the wheelchair accessible Seaforth restaurant with its beautiful terrace and great food which is located next to the parking!

 

How do you like penguins? Have you already been to Simon’s Town? Please tell me about your experiences and leave a comment below or write an email! Stay tuned, there’s much more to come about things to do in Cape Town!

Cape Town Little Miss Turtle

Wheelchair accessible Cape Town

Wheelchair accessible Cape Town.

A beautiful and wheelchair-friendly dream destination.

 

What comes up first to your mind when you think of Cape Town? Table Mountain, the African penguins, V & A Waterfront, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Green Point Stadium, Muizenberg, Camps Bay, breathtaking landscapes, surfers, sharks, whales, baboons and much more – welcome to South Africa!

 

Table Mountain View from Bloubergstrand

Table Mountain View from Bloubergstrand

 

Cape Town Helicopter View

Cape Town Helicopter View

 

I’ve already been to Cape Town once before, back in 2013. For three days only, but anyway, that was still enough time to fall in love with this amazing city! To celebrate my brother’s master’s degree, I decided to surprise him and to take him on a trip to Cape Town with me. So, on March 5th our adventure began! We flew with British Airways from Munich to London and from there to Cape Town. The flight took about 11 hours and went smoothly. Once arrived at the airport, we went to Europcar Car Rentals in order to get the car I’d already booked in advance. The next twelve days on the beautiful Western Cape flew by much too fast! We discovered so many incredible wheelchair accessible spots I’d like to share with you!

 

A map of the all the places we visited in Cape Town and the surrounding areas

A map of the all the places we visited in the Cape Town area

 

General Accessibility

Cape Town and the surrounding areas are pretty wheelchair accessible. Almost all major tourist attractions provide a good service for wheelchair users. Most importantly, I always found wheelchair accessible restrooms. There surely are things to improve, like high pavements, but basic accessibility is given. Most people we met were very friendly and always offered to help.

 

Table Mountain seen from Signal Hill

Table Mountain seen from Signal Hill

 

Wheelchair Accessibility Check – Cape Town

 

Wheelchair accessible 

Bloubergstrand

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony

Camps Bay Beach Promenade

Canal Walk Shopping Center

Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point – Table Mountain National Park

Cape Wheel

Chapman’s Peak Drive

Citytour Sightseeing Bus

Fish Hoek

Glen Beach (Victoria Parking)

Green Point Park

Hout Bay

Muizenberg

Ou Kaapseweg

Signal Hill

Simons Town

Table Mountain

Two Oceans Aquarium

V & A Waterfront

Waterfront Food Market

Less wheelchair accessible

Cape Point Ostrich Farm
(steps at the entrance)

Chimp Haven
(bumpy pathways with pebble stones)

Drakenstein Lion Park (sandy/bumpy pathways)

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
(some very steep paths)

Long Street – Cape Town
(high pavements)

 

Not wheelchair accessible 

Llandudno Beach
(but still there’s a wheelchair access sign!!!)

Scarborough Beach

 

Where we stayed

The A Tuscan Villa Guesthouse in Fish Hoek was our home for the first 6 nights. One of the rooms is completely wheelchair accessible – the Boulders Room. There’s enough space for a wheelchair user and the spacious bathroom is just perfect with its roll-in shower. The beds are height-adjustable to fit different needs. The owners, Anita and Jeremy Rice, are very friendly, helpful and caring hosts. The breakfast buffet was delicious including freshly prepared fruit salad, pastries, cereals, porridge, toast, cheese, yoghurt and a cooked English breakfast. Fish Hoek is in the near of Boulders Beach with its African penguins as well as the Cape of Good Hope, Muizenberg, and other famous spots, so therefore it was a perfect “home base” for us. See for yourself:

 

 

For the second part of our holiday we moved closer to the Cape Town City Center and stayed in a wheelchair accessible AirBnB-apartment. I have to admit that the accessibility could have been better, especially the bathroom was not perfect for wheelchair users. However, with the help of my brother everything went fine.

 

Stay tuned

There soon will be follow-ups with detailed information about the wheelchair accessibility of almost all major tourist attractions in and around Cape Town, for example Boulders Beach, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway as well as the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. So come back soon…!

 

Have you already been to Cape Town or do you plan to travel there? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or by sending a private message. I promise to answer in person :-)!