Kayak with Penguins in Simons Town
- About 2 hours
One of the most unique places in the world - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town! And the best way to see it is from your kayak in the water.
Our double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience and children 10 and up. This is a trip every able bodied individual can and should do.
During the whale season in winter and spring there is also a possibility of seeing these remarkable animals.
The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am in the summer season (9.00am winter season) when it is usually less windy. In peak summer season we also have an 11am trip, and sometimes an afternoon trip.
We meet at the town jetty in Simon's Town for a short introduction to paddling technique and a safety briefing. We then paddle out past the civilian and Naval Harbour where you get a bonus close up view of our biggest naval vessels and out to Boulders Beach to see the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of Cape Fur 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 on the rocks nearby.
Good to know
- Suits healthy adults and children over 10 years old
- If it's quite windy then the age limit will be higher
- No flip flops
- You will get wet!
- Life Jacket
- Sun screen
- Cool drinks
- Bring a towel and a change of clothing for afterward
- Sun screen
- Wear swimming trunks and a t-shirt
- A windbreaker if it's chilly
- Barefoot or shoes that are attached to your foot
Very professional, felt super safe even with my mom out on the water. Saw seals, penguins, and plenty of seabirds. You get to see the penguins in the sea, which is quite different than the Boulder Beach experience..Our guides were super friendly and helpful to novices, and made sure everybody had a nice trip. The water was a bit chilly so we didn't get out to swim, but it was so clear and nice. Highly recommend
great way to spend the morning. Seeing simon's town from the ocean is spectacular. We seen penguins and seals. great tour. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and professional
Definitely highly recommended and a must do when visiting Simon's Town! Thank you Kayak Cape Town for a most memorable experience.
Tour guides were very accommodating! Furthermore the tour was brilliant as well. Got to see penguins seals and were lucky enough to see a whale. Definitively recommend the experience.
We had a great 2 hours on the water, got to see penguins, seals, starfish and a whole new perspective of Simonstown. The guides were knowledgeable and accommodating. Would definitely recommend!
A great way to see the penguins and boulders up close from a different point of view. Guides were professional and clearly know what they're doing. Sad as it was, seeing a seal lunching on a penguin 5 meters away was a once in a lifetime sight that couldn't have been seen any other way. Highly recommend this as an alternative way to see Boulders if you have the stamina for it :)
The greeting could have been a little more welcoming however I think this was due to a guide not turning up. The kayaking was great fun and we were lucky to see seals in the water close-by. You do need to be relatively fit.
Friendly staff, efficiently run tour. The penguins were terrific and we even saw a few seals in the process. Equipment is new and well kept. Highly recommend.
Had an awesome day with Brian out on the water. He's a very funny and welcoming guide. It's a great couples' experience in the two person kayaks. Also saw some interesting wildlife including, of course, penguins!
Loved the tour. The coast line is stunning and the penguins are a delight to watch. We saw dolphins on our paddle which was an added bonus. The kayaks are easy to paddle and don't require much skill.
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The guest can cancel free of charge until 48 hours before arrival. The guest will be charged the total price if they cancel in the 48 hours days before arrival.
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The beauty of Table Mountain, Lions Head and the Atlantic Sea Board coastline from the comfort of our kayaks is unrivalled. Dolphins, seals, penguins, Sunfish and occasionally whales frequent our Cape Town.