One of my favorite things about South Africa is that everytime you think you have the place figured out, it always surprises you with something new and totally unexpected... one example being adorable African Penguins. When I was first preparing to come to South Africa for a semester abroad in 2008, I read about the African penguins that have made Boulders Beach their home and I couldn't wait to see them up close. I wasn't sure whether they would look like your real happy feet penguins that live at the north and south pole, but I was intrigued enough to go and investigate during my first week in the country.
At first glance Boulders just looks like your typical everyday beach... But then...
Oh hey there :)
They're actually everywhere!
They're (almost) tame too - just dont try to actually pet them ;)
Oh, and don't forget to check under your car for penguins before leaving!
Boulders Beach is just a 45 minute drive from Cape Town and is a must see for anyone visiting - at the very least it makes for a great photo op! Tickets into the reserve are only about $5 per person so it won't break the bank either. If your schedule allows I'd also recommend setting a day aside to explore or stay in the neighboring city of Simon's Town - it's the epitomy of the perfect little beach town complete with little cafes, boutique hotels, great shopping and awesome ocean views.