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Take our 2 hour guided tour on very stable double kayaks and paddle the warm waters of False Bay and we will show you wonderful things on our visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. No experience is required and reasonably fit, able-bodied people can do it. Trips take place every day of the year, weather permitting - summer and winter. 

Kayak trip to the Penguins at Boulders Beach

R450 adults, R400 under 17s

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Don't discount winter as April to September season is often even better for paddling because there are generally more calm and windless days than in summer, and on those days it is absolutely beautiful. And in winter there is always a chance of seeing whales.  

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One of the most unique places in the world and the best way to see it is from the water. We meet at the town jetty in Simon's Town for an introduction to paddling and a safety briefing. We then paddle out past the civilian and Naval Harbours where you get a bonus close up view of our naval vessels and then to the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of seals. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break, or else we swim from the kayaks and get a close up look at penguins nearby. 

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Our double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. Children 8 years old and up are welcome provided they are able to paddle. This is a trip every able bodied individual can and should do. The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am in the summer season (9.00am winter season) when it is usually less windy and penguin sightings are improved. On weekends we also have an 11am trip and for groups of four or more people we will try to arrange an afternoon starting time if at all possible.


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“Thanks Kayak Cape Town for a special and fun 2 hour kayaking trip , to see the penguins and other sea life that presented itself to us . This is a ‘must do’ for any visitor to our beautiful city and also for us resident Capetonians.”

Barbara - Google review

“We loved our kayak. Super professional whilst still being laid back. We were given the space to explore, ask questions and go at a pace that suited us. Thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Helen - Google review

“It was a beautiful morning out and I can highly recommend doing this. Guides are great and very informative. They also take amazing pics so there is no need to take your phone. Just sit back and enjoy..” 

Taryn - Google review




It's a 60 minute drive from the centre of Cape Town.
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Simon’s Town Shuttles  079 486 4228
Unicab 021 486 1600

Intercab 021 447 7799 

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Google Earth gives the co-ordinates as 34deg 11'33.94"S 18deg 25'56.80"E 


Address: Wharf Street, Simons Town
Phone: +27 (0)65 707 4444

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The African Penguin is highly endangered and you can help to save them with a small donation to the volunteer run SANCCOB organisation, a registered non-profit whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds, especially the African Penguin. Click to help save a penguin.

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