Snapshot … Boulders Beach

Following on from my recent travel snapshots on Namibia and South Africa, I thought I’d look at place I visited there that didn’t revolve around safaris or landscapes. So today, I’m talking about Boulders Beach. Boulders Beach is located south of Cape Town, right down near the Cape Peninsula. It’s situated just near the seaside village of Simon’s Town. Now despite three trips to Cape Town in the last couple of years, it wasn’t until my most recent trip in August/September 2015 that I finally ventured out to explore the peninsula itself. And what a day of exploration it was!

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Getting my penguins in a row … or so the saying kind of goes!
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More penguins … again in a row. What’s that about?!
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Little African penguins!

We had booked ourselves on a full day photographic tour with Cape Photographic Company and our incredible guide and professional photographer for the day was Peter Haarhoff. This was an invaluable trip for me. Having only just purchased my first DSLR camera a couple of weeks prior to my trip, I was sorely in need of some (okay, a lot) of instruction on how to use it! It was a full day – Peter picked us up at 6am and 13 hours later he returned us to our hotel on the V&A Waterfront. During that time we visited many beautiful places including Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town, Boulders Beach, Cape Point, Camps Bay, Chapman Peak Drive and Hout Bay to name but a few. The pace of learning was perfect. Learning little steps throughout the day. By the end of the afternoon, I was shooting in manual mode!

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Just a lonely little guy
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Such a spectacularly beautiful location
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A curious little Dassie (or Rock Hyrax) … related to the Elephant!

So back to Boulders Beach. It’s a beautiful spot, lovely white sand, clear blue ocean, and the beach is dotted with large granite boulders (hence the name). I was in landscape heaven! But the main reason for visiting Boulders Beach is to see the colony of African penguins who call it home. And boy are there a lot of them! The wooden boardwalks allow you to stroll around the area, taking in all the little hiding spots and favourite hang outs for these little guys. At one point, further down the beach, you can actually access the sand and after climbing over and under some of the boulders you can stand and watch in awe as the little penguins walk so close to you! It’s a must see destination!

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The boulders of Boulders Beach
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This inquisitive guy came right up and walked between us!

 

This post makes up part of my contribution to the A to Z Challenge for April 2016

Click Here for a link to all my challenge posts!

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45 thoughts on “Snapshot … Boulders Beach”

    1. Thanks, Miriam! It’s just such a breathtaking location and those little penguins just add to the beauty of it.
      Haha I love Happy Feet. Such a feel good movie. I didn’t notice any of these little ones dancing though 🙂

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      1. Look forward to it! Such a great part of the world!
        To answer your question … Nope, I’ve been all over. UK & Europe, North America, South East Asia, the Middle East, Africa, New Zealand & all over my homeland of Australia. I’ll be gradually introducing posts on the rest of my travels over the coming months 🙂

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      2. I look forward to reading them. Yes as you can see we do get around too. Lived in Australia New Zealand USA Canada Germany and Panama. Travelled to all the continents and up next santorini on Greece since we just came back from Belgium Netherlands and France… Was amazing!

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      3. You’ll no doubt be taking some incredible photos on Santorini. Where are you based now?
        I’m returning to Europe in August. Returning to Germany & Austria but I’ll be exploring a few new places in Poland, Hungry, Slovakia & the Czech Republic as well. Plus Dubai on the way!

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  1. What beautiful beaches! I miss seeing sand and waves. We only make it to the beach every few years because the closest one is eight hours away. Maybe that’s for the best…because it’s rare, we appreciate it more!

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    1. Hi Stephanie. Eight hours? Wow, that’s quite a long drive to get to a beach. But I think you’re right – you’d enjoy it all the more because it’s not something you see every day & take for granted 🙂

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  2. Oh my goodness Kim! What a beautiful post! I didn’t know that there were penguins there!! What an amazing experience! I couldn’t think of a better way to break in a new camera! Amazing! What an adventure! I’m loving these posts Kim, I’m hoping that this will become a habit and make it easier to post in the future, I look forward to more! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Niki. It’s actually one of my favourites – I love the photos and it was such a great day! Lol am I supposed to say that about my own post? 😀
      I am finding these little travel posts easier to write. I got on top of things a bit today and have written and scheduled four of my A-Z posts for the week.

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      1. Of course you can say that! 🙂
        Good for you!! I also have 4 done for next week. I hope I can push the other 2 out. Yesterday was busy so I already missed one of my regularly scheduled posts but with the meet and greet and all it just makes for a lot.

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      2. At the cost of letting other things go I’m afraid haha. All about priorities, this being something that fulfills me, a lot of little things go undone or pushed off until “later”… should later ever come…

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