Simon's Town Travel Guide

  • View from Boulders Beach at sunset
    View from Boulders Beach at sunset
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Simon's Town Things to Do

  • Scenic places around the Cape of Good...

    These are some more pictures of scenic places around the Cape of Good Hope, that I saw on my tour through the National Park.That area is about 60km south of Capetown and you need a car in order to get there. There is an entrancefee to the National Park-area but once you are inside the only place to pay is at the...

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  • Spheniscus demersus: The jackass penguin

    Spheniscus demersus: The jackass penguin / Brillenpinguin The penguins that you will see in Boulder's Bay are called jackass penguins or Spheniscus demersus in Latin and in german: Brillenpinguin.This species is only living along the coast of southern Africa, Namibia & Angola and they will lay 2 eggs several time each year.They will be 60-70cm...

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  • Boulders Beach

    The Penguins of Boulders Beach are the main reason for lots of tourists to make a stop in Simon's Town on their way to the National Park of the Cape of Good Hope.Something that is special here is the fact that these penguins are living on a great beach , where you can take a bath with them and will find also a sandy beach with scenic giant rocks on...

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  • The Cape of Good Hope

    The Cape of Good Hope is the most South-Western Point of the African Continent and somewhere on the beach you will find this place to take a photo, quite far away from the real point.It was quite a rush there and it was impossible to take a picture without other tourists on it, so I gave up after a few minutes.There is an iscription in Africaans as...

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  • The old townhall of Simon's Town

    The old townhall of Simon's TownThis is the old Town hall of Simonstown, an impressive building in Renaissance-style and you will find it in St. George Street, the main road running through Simon's Town. The inscription on the building is in english: Town Hall ,maybe some local language: IHolo leDolophu, and africaans: Stadsaal, a word that is very...

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  • The National Park Cape of Good Hope

    Simonstown is the closest place to the Cape of Good Hope National Park that I found on VT and in fact lots of tourists just drive that way as well through Simon's Town.Driving to the Cape is maybe 30-45 minutes, roads had mostly been totally empty although it was sunday and there are a lot of great spots for scenic landscapes on the way there.There...

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  • Central Hotel & Whyte's Buildings

    The Central Hotel is another nice building on St. Georges Street, the so-called "Royal Mile". It is less fancy than the former British Hotel but I liked it anyway. Whyte's Buildings is in my last 3 Pictures here, another fine example of the British Colonial Style of architecture.

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  • Some more houses of the Royal Mile

    Some more houses of the Royal MileRoyal Mile is the other name of the mainroad through Simon's Town, while the signposts say St George's Street.In that street you will see lots of scenic old buildings made in the Victorian style with nice balconies facing the ocean and most of them are quite in a good condition. So, even when most People just make...

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  • Lovely architecture of the British Hotel

    Lovely architecture of the British HotelThe British Hotel was built in 1871 in the scenic Victorian Colonial-Style with some great balconies facing the seaside. Check out the great details in the facade in my extra pictures: The facade is a great combination of a steel-construction and some fine ornaments in Victorian style. The British Hotel is in...

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  • The small Mosque of Simon's Town's

    The small Mosque of Simon's Town's Yes, there is a mosque in Simons Town as well. It is quite small and set back one block from the mainstreet. The building of the Mosque looks nice from outside and the interior is off limits for tourists, so I did not go inside. There is a great cactus as well next to the Mosque, see it in my last picture.The...

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  • Saunter down the Historic Mile!

    The Royal Mile is the name given to the main street that runs through Simon's Town and is the most common route used by tourists travelling from Cape Town to see the penguins at The Boulders. Fuelled by their enthusiasm to visit these wonderful birds, unfortunately many tourists are in too much of a rush to appreciate Simon's Town's gorgeous...

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  • Stroll along Simon's Town's gorgeous...

    Simon's Town - and indeed, most of the little towns along the False Bay coastline of the peninsula - is a narrow ribbon of development that clings to the eastern slope of the mountain, so as soon as you venture inland of the main road, you start to climb steeply.Your reward for this strenous exercise is the opportunity to stroll along the...

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Simon's Town Hotels

  • The Boat House

    Within two minutes of arriving here, I was kicking myself for not booking a longer stay. It truly...

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Simon's Town Restaurants

  • Wolf down fish and chips at the old fish...

    (work in progress)As you might expect, Simon's Town is not short of places to eat seafood, from fairly upmarket sushi restaurants to more affordable fish and chip joints.On our most recent visit (March 2012) we had a fish and chip lunch at the Salty Seadog at the Simon's Town harbour, which used to be the fish market in town. It's a pleasant spot,...

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  • Maybe the best restaurant view in the...

    I often think that the Boulders Beach Cafe is a strong contender for my favourite restaurant in the world. Everything is right about it - from the interesting and delicious food to the ambience to the stunning view from the elevated terrace out across False Bay. Whenever I'm there, I make a point of smugly calling my parents in the (usually grey...

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  • Neptune's

    Neptune's is situated inside the harbour and I am not sure if anyone is allowed in as I was invited by a member of the yacht club. The food is great, the view fantastic and the price extremely reasonable. Calamari

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  • Wonderful views and delicious fish

    the menuDEEP-FRIED CALAMARI R55 Calamari rings dusted with Raja curry powder, then deep fried. Served with garlic mayonnaise, rocket and tomato salsa.MILD TOM YUM BROTH R50 With prawns, lemongrass and fresh herbs.CHERMOULA PRAWNS R180, Grilled in olive oil, garlic, chilli and smoked paprika Served on Moroccan aromatic cous-cous timbale and...

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  • The best kalamari!

    the menuTHE GREAT CHOKKA SALAD, Pan-fried calamari with marinated vegetables, greens plus a wonderful chilli and lime dressing R69,95KINGKLIP FILLET, South Africa's most famous fish, one grilled with a lemon sauce and one deep-fried with sauce tartare on the side R115

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  • The Black Marlin

    Seafood Tempura R48 (a goujon of line fish & 2 prawns in a tempura batter, served with a citrus mayonnaise)Cape Malay Chicken Curry R70 (Cape Malay curry served with lemon scented basmati rice, poppadoms and sambals)Kingklip on the Spit R160 (A Marlin specialty - Wrapped in bacon and grilled on a skewer with a choice of lemon butter, chilli or...

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Simon's Town Transportation

  • Take the Flying Dutchman on the Cape of...

    Flying Dutchman was the inscription on the funicular and another name for it is Cape Point Funicular.I saw it in the National Park around of the Cape of Good Hope and it takes you uphill for a better view of the surrounding area.Originally there was a 16-seater Flying Dutchman bus, but it was replaced in 1995 by the funicular, so this is where the...

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  • The old Shongololo - steamtrain

    The old steamtrainI was lucky to be able to take a look from some distance to the old steamtrain that stood there in the station of Simons Town waiting for its regular journey through South Africa on the track between Capetown and possibly even up to Darr es a Lahm, but maybe not all of the way in the same train.The so-called Shongololo Express...

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  • Catch the Metro train from the Cape Town...

    (work in progress)South Africa is notorious for its lack of public transport, so it is a rare pleasure to be able to report on a functional public transport link that's also of use to the tourist (particularly those on a limited budget).The Metro rail network links the Cape Town CBD to a string of small stations along the False Bay coastline, of...

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Simon's Town Shopping

  • African art

    As is the case with most parking area's near tourist attractions,you will find the sellers of african art. I had to laugh looking at the photo, it looks like there are dolphins flying trough the air!

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  • Shopping at the Simon's Town Waterfront

    Wooden animals, gemstone eggs, beadwork - the usual curios that you find elsewhere on the peninsula. But it is such fun to meander past the tables, pop into some of the coffee shops, and view the ocean at the same time. Small wooden animals for our Xmas tree cost us under R10; gemstone eggs with a kitsch CT carving cost us R20. The perfect place...

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  • Simon's Town Hotels

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Simon's Town Warnings and Dangers

  • take a look under your car before you go...

    take a look under your car before you go !!!This seems to be a severe problem: Penguins love to hide under parked cars and will not be able to run away fast enough, when the car is driving away.Obviously they had lots of such accidents already and this is why you will see this sign-post there on the carparking next to Boulders Bay.

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  • Is is Simon's Town, Simons Town or...

    (work in progress)Well, actually it's all three ...One of the charms or challenges of travelling in South Africa (depending on your perspective) is that we are a country that has more than one official language. In fact, since the transition to democracy in 1994, we actually have 11 - which is a bit too inclusive to be practical in my opinion - and...

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  • Parking often in short supply: use...

    (work in progress)Finding parking is always a challenge along the False Bay coastline - particularly in peak season - as the towns have developed as ribbons along the narrow coastal strip of flat land between the mountains and the sea. There is limited street parking along the main road in Simon's Town, but this fills up quickly, so you need to get...

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Simon's Town What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:

    Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing.

    Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and possible insect bites.

    A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.

    Sunglasses.

    Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (at LEAST Factor 35 I would say), headache tablets, and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and an appropriate plug extension/adaptor.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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Simon's Town Off The Beaten Path

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    by Eish Written Oct 26, 2007

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    There are plenty of Chacma baboons to be seen on the road to Cape Point, but it is not often that you would see them foraging and behaving naturally. It is far more likely you will see them when they try to steal your food, chew your windscreen wiper to get you to squirt them to get water, or raid the bins.

    Baboons Matters take you on walks to some natural baboon troops, where they explain the pressure that these wild animals face as a result of urbanization. Using the money they raise, they monitor the troops and try to keep them out of the villages where they cause damage, raid houses, and are as a result exposed to damage themselves (shot, hit, etc.)

    Munchings and crunchings Mom, babe and jealous mom
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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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Simon's Town Favorites

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    by Jenniflower Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Many of the buildings here are national monuments, beautifully preserved.

    I always take time to walk along the street, visiting the second hand furniture shops and the art galleries, sitting down for some coffee at the local coffee shop or having some fish and chips at the harbour.

    This photo os lattice work on a balcony is absolutely stunning, and there is plenty of this to be found in historic Simon's Town :)

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    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel

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The abominable architecture of Navy headquarters
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Simon's Town's unexpected mosque
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Set out to sea from Simon's Town quay
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Find philatelic gems at Simon's Town Post Office
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The glorious frontage of the British Hotel
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One of Simon's Town's few pre-Victorian buildings
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Gain a spectacular perspective from Red Hill Road
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The remains of the Red Hill cableway
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Watch the naval manoeuvres out in False Bay!
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Be inspired by the penguins!
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Mosey around Simon's Town's delightful harbour
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A family beach so good that locals hide the signs!
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Skirt the sea spray of the shoreline on the train!
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Go sea kayaking amongst the penguins
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Water taxi between Simon's Town and Kalk Bay
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Beware of jaywalking penguins!
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Only in Cape Town ...
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Say hello to Just Nuisance!
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An idyllic Enid Blyton sort of location
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Boulders beach
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Boulders
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The beached whale
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Just nuisance
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The lovely parking area
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Architecture
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Exploring
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Penguin Paradise
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The Southern Right Whale
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Whale Watching
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Simon's Town
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The place to be for breakfast
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African Penguin
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Mellow mood
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Watch whales
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Just Nuisance, Able Seaman
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Scratch patch: smothered in gem stones
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Go for a harbour tour
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Let's speak Penguinese!
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Simon's Town Navy Days
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Boulder's Beach
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Map of Simon's Town

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