Tintswalo at Boulders
Tintswalo Lodges has expanded its portfolio of luxury lodges and boutique hotels that are all set in iconic locations, with the opening of Tintswalo Boulders Boutique Villa in Simon’s Town (Cape Town).
With direct access to Boulders Beach and its world-famous resident colony of endangered African penguins, Tintswalo Boulders operates on a bed and breakfast basis with nine double suites, and a children’s suite. Full breakfast and afternoon snacks are included, as well as complimentary WiFi. A concierge service is offered for bookings of restaurants, snorkelling safaris and guided sea kayaking excursions.
Tintswalo Boulders may also be booked on an exclusive-use basis for families and friends travelling together. The child-friendly villa sleeps 18 adults and two children and a private chef is available on request (at additional charge).
On route to Cape Point, Boulders Beach is known for its pristine swimming beaches where the penguins are the star attraction. Surrounded by fynbos, Tintswalo at Boulders boasts a unique North-facing, beachfront location that offers endless ocean views. It offers spacious living and dining areas, a central courtyard with a fire pit, terraces and a pool with sea views. The luxurious suites have en-suite bathrooms and are individually decorated, some with private balconies and fireplaces.
Paying homage to maritime history and the villa’s location in Simon’s Town, the rooms are named after famous ships, ranging from the Mayflower and the Cutty Sark, to Jan van Riebeeck’s Drommedaris.
Paddle to the Penguins
The penguins of Boulders Beach is one of the top attractions in the whole of Cape Town. With numerous visitors coming to see the famous black and white water birds, one needs to find creative ways to get close to the penguins without the crowds or disrupting their natural habitat.
One such way is by canoe. Jump on one of the canoe expeditions leaving from the Simon’s Town harbour, and enjoy a relaxed paddle around the point and past the penguin colony. This way, you can see the vast numbers of penguins on the beach, from your own private perspective. If you are lucky; some of the penguins might swim out on one of their fishing expeditions, and dart right by the boats.
For a close up view of the penguins, head down to the amazing Boulders Beach just out the front gate of our Villa. Here, you can laze on the sand and enjoy the quirky black and white birds waddling right by you on their way to the water. Watch them hop on the rocks, and slip into the sea on their fishing trips.
It’s worth bringing a set of goggles and jumping in the water with the penguins, giving you an underwater view of their antics as they fly through the water.
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