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City Simon's Town

Simon's Town is a marine town with beautiful Victorian houses, situated on the False Bay on the Cape Peninsula. At 40 kilometres from Cape Town it is easily accessible by car or train and well worth a visit!

In the months that the Cape storm rages here it is a place to stay out of the wind, something Simon van der Stel already discovered in 1679. History is to be found there everywhere but if you really want go into the diving naval history then this is the South African Naval Museum at the Martello Tower that you should visit (a National monument restored in 1972) and a visit to the Simon's Town Museum is a must if you want to know more about the time of the VOC. It also goes behind the story of the Dane dog with the wonderful name; Just Nuisance!

Walk the Mile along the beautiful Victorian homes in St. George Street. A walk from the Railway Station to the East Dockyards Gates takes you past 21 buildings over 150 years old. It is a reminder of the VOC period. At the Heritage Museum in Amlay House, you will learn more about the influence of the Cape Malay Muslim culture and life in the time of apartheid. Take the exit to Jubilee Square where it is nice relax on one of the terraces with sea views. And you can see little has changed here in the last 100 years!

Take the boat to Seal Island or cruise or kayak in the False Bay. It is more adventurous go for a shark cage dive. The beaches are great for walks or to go swimming.

Something that Simon's Town is very well known for is the 2 kilometres away Boulders Beach penguin colony. Since 1985 this colony has lived here and it is very remarkable that the animals have chosen to do this at a people inhabited spot. On the beautiful beach with its round rocks live about 3000 penguins and you can visit them through the entrance of the Boulders part of the Table Mountain National Park, through a promenade walk past the animals, which spend the day at the beach or in the water, ensuring that they stay away from Orcas, sharks and seals. The other two colonies are perched on the mainland of South Africa at Hermanus and Betty's Bay

From Simon's Town you can visit the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve in the south-western most point; Cape Point!

Just before Simon's Town, you will find Gemstone World where you can go into a silver working mine that is not used anymore and admire many different African gems. In the same area you can also take wonderful hikes in the Silvermine Nature Reserve. On the slopes of the Silvermine Mountains there is the beautiful West Lake Golf Course.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist!