Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town

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Between the Boulder’s Beach parking lot and the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony is a beautiful boardwalk named Willis Walk.

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Willis Walk, Simon’s Town

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Swimmers at Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town, as seen from Willis Walk

Before reaching the official SANParks Boulders Visitor Center and penguin viewing area, visitors can sneak peaks at many penguins nesting and nestled under the shrubs along the walk, where caretakers have made plenty of nesting sites for the penguins.

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We were greeted by an adorable Rock Dassie along the way.

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Hard to believe that this little rock dassie is the closest living relative of the elephant

Did you know that the Rock Dassie is genetically the closest living animal to an elephant? Seriously. Yeah, I had a head scratch on that one, too.

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Dogs are welcome on the walk, as long as they are maintained on a leash so as not to disturb the penguins and as long as humans take care to make regular deposits at the Poo-In.

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From about halfway along the walk you begin to see the penguins sunning themselves on the boulders in False Bay.

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A view of the Boulder’s Beach penguin colony from Willis Walk in Simon’s Town

But don’t be surprised if the beauty of the walk itself has you taking your time and enjoying the views before you finally do reach the penguins.

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Stairs leading to Willis Walk in Simon’s Town

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November is a pretty time in the Cape

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A truly beautiful walk in springtime.

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Kurt stopping to watch penguins and waiting for me to catch up.

This is another place on our do-again list for visiting Cape Town, and I hope if you get the chance to visit South Africa, Simon’s Town is on your must-see list.

Love, Marla

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MORE CAPE TOWN POSTS BY TRAVELING MARLA:

Chapman’s Peak Drive at Sunset

Chapman’s Peak Drive: We Liked it So Much We Drove it Three Times

Clouded Mountain

Up is Better Than Down

“Easy” My Arse!

Stop and Smell the Flowers of Platteklip Gorge

Hike Table Mountain…With a Guide

10 Comments on “Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town

  1. You have a wonderful blog. I stumbled upon it today and your posts are absolutely refreshing and hilarious. I loved the one titled “Why Kurt needs a new wife” the most. That was really funny. Keep writing. Enjoy your stay in Africa.

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