One of the most underrated gems on the False Bay coast is Simon’s Town. This fishing village lies at the very end of the peninsula, close to Cape Point. It’s the last stop on the Cape Town southern railway line. It’s home to the SA Navy, a small but bustling harbour, plenty of unusual shops, a long Main Road and many other interesting attractions.

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Simon’s Town Attractions You Won’t Want to Miss

Simon’s Town attractions offer something for everyone. From off-beat museums to fascinating historical landmarks, beaches and more, the following are just some of the reasons that we love this sleepy coastal destination.

Boulders Beach

1 Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 2329

Boulders is a penguin colony that is situated just outside of town. As a nature reserve, it is a protected area that charges a small entry fee. After entering, you walk along a wooden boardwalk to get to the different parts of the beach. Some areas are closed to the public (these are for breeding and nesting African penguins, who need their privacy) but most areas allow you to swim near the birds. The beach is unspoilt and truly lovely. As an added bonus, the water is on the Indian Ocean side so it is usually warm, too! Take as many photos as you like, but do not try to touch the birds or get too close to them. It’s for you own good as well as theirs… penguins have a rather nasty bite!

South African Naval Museum

St Georges Street, Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 787 4686

Simon’s Town is the seat of the South African Navy. The SA Naval Museum gives a comprehensive history of the navy and its various accomplishments, battles and challenges. You will learn a lot about today’s navy as well. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are fascinating. If you have an interest in ships and submarines, this museum is sure to be especially fun to explore. Kids will enjoy the outing, as will adults. Afterwards, take a walk outside near the pier to see if you can watch navy soldiers going about their drills.

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Warrior Toy Museum

St Georges Street, Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 1395

For just a few Rand, you can enter the magical world of Warrior Toy Museum. Privately owned and run, this toy shop and museum is always full of wonders to behold. Dolls, cars, a train set that goes through much of the shop, novelty items from various eras through history… you will find all of that and more. While kids will obviously love this place, adults can’t help but smile at the collection of weird and wonderful treasures. Be warned, though… a few of the dolls are somewhat on the creepy side.

Scratch Patch & Mineral World

Dido Valley Road, Simon’s Town | +27 (0)21 786 2020

The original Scratch Patch is not only one of the top attractions in Simon’s Town; it’s also the best scratch patch in the city. At this place, you can purchase a small, medium or large bag. You can then fill it with all the semi-precious stones you can fit into the bag. Prices are fairly good (bags start from R17), the process of scratching through millions of stones to find ones you like is oddly satisfying and if you want to buy beautiful hand-crafted items made from stones, there’s also a shop.

The Harbour

St Georges Street, Simon’s Town

The harbour is an attraction in itself, especially with the bustle of a working harbour. Fishermen, boat cruises, seals, seagulls, restaurants, shops and benches add to its charm. It is ideal for a leisurely stroll, bite to eat or a cup of coffee, or a beer while you look out onto the water. Whatever time of year you visit, the views here are always amazing. Gloomy days are just as lovely as clear days. While you’re there, look out for the statue of the famous navy dog, Just Nuisance!

 

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The Mother City is surrounded by two oceans – the Atlantic and the Indian – so you can bet we have plenty of adventurous activities to offer on the open water! Everybody knows Cape Town has some of the best beaches in the world.  Here’s what else our oceans offer.

SHARK CAGE DIVING

Great White sharks are among the most feared predators on the planet, so of course we want to get into a cage in shark-infested waters! Shark cage diving is one of the most popular activities for tourists and with good reason. There is no better way to observe this awesome animal in its natural habitat. Stare into those cold, black eyes and try not to scream as it shows you why it is the world’s best cage fighter.

SURFING

Cape Town has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world for surfing. From Dungeons to Big Bay, you will find a break suited to your taste… and skills. There are also a number of surfing schools that can help you dip your toes into the water for the first time.  Now all that’s left is to suit up and hit the waves.

Activities in Cape Town

SEAL SNORKELLING

If you’re not down with shark cage diving, we highly-recommend giving seal snorkelling a go! The experience is for everyone with no diving experience necessary. All equipment is provided and this is your opportunity to swim, and play, alongside the silky smooth animals. Sharks? Never fear, the cold water of the Atlantic is a tad too nippy for the finned predators, meaning it’s just you and the seals!

KITEBOARDING

With over 30 beaches to choose from variety is truly the spice of life when kiteboarding in the Mother City. The stretch of coastline offers perfect conditions for the sport with the wind and weather just right AND flat waters and waves! The city is a popular one for professionals and amateurs with a number of beaches considered global hot spots. There are also a number of schools to teach you the sport and guarantee to have you in the water in no time!

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SNOEK FISHING

Get Hooked on Africa when you fish for South Africa’s beloved Snoek (just try one on a braai and you’ll know why!) 50km out in the beautiful Atlantic Ocean.

WHALE WATCHING

South Africa may be known for its Big Five, but the marine wildlife is just as impressive! Every year, southern right whales take a vacation in Cape waters, treating Cape Town locals to a display of breaching, fluking, spouting and spyhopping. Of the whale species seen in the waters around the Cape, southern right whales are the most common. However, you might also get a chance to see humpback whales and Bryde’s whales. The peak season for whale watching is from July to December, and southern right whales are pretty much guaranteed between August and November.

Ocean activities in Cape Town

KAYAKING

A popular sport among the locals, who you can often see paddling up and down the coast in the late afternoon, kayaking offers a great way to experience the ocean and its inhabitants up close while enjoying some spectacular views of the city. Thankfully you don’t have to have arms of steel or the lungs of a seal to enjoy this unique interaction with nature, as there are numerous guided kayaking tours all around the city offering everything from a sunset cruise around the Atlantic Seaboard along Mouille Point, Sea Point and Clifton, to paddles out to Boulders Beach to see the penguins. For the more fit and adventurous types, there are also full-moon experiences and even tours out to the infamous Cape Point.

SCUBA DIVING

The meeting place of two great oceans also provides an astonishingly diverse underwater spectacle for scuba divers. With everything from shallow shore to reef dives and even wreck dives, the cold waters around Cape Town have something for divers of every experience level. Even if you’ve never even put a snorkel in your mouth, there are many certified diving schools in and around the city that offer courses, equipment and diving tours that will ensure you experience the underwater wonderland around the Cape Town coastline.

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JOLLY ROGER

What kid (and plenty of adults) doesn’t want to be a pirate? The Jolly Roger pirate boat at the V&A Waterfront is the perfect port of call for the youngsters to play out the ultimate adventure on the high seas. Operating seven days a week, the Jolly Roger offers morning, afternoon and sunset cruises. Private charters are also available.

SUP ADVENTURE

Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world and it is quickly taking hold in South Africa, not only as a sport, but as a fitness-orientated pastime as well. Like surfing, part of the draw is the physical element, without it ever feeling like a workout. But unlike surfing, it doesn’t take very long to get to grips with the basics. There are a number of schools to teach you the basics and will have you on the water in no time!

Cape Town is currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in recent history, which has led to a serious water crisis. The region is severely water-stressed, and this has an impact on both locals and tourists.

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The Theewaterskloof Dam, one of the dams which supplies Cape Town’s water.

We need your help

We need you to save like a local, and keep your usage to under 50 litres per day. You can still have a fantastic holiday without wasting resources, and we ask that you take special care when you visit. We love Cape Town, and we want it to remain a wonderful destination for future generations. If we all work to conserve our precious resources, we can make a big difference!

How this will affect your holiday

While we’re doing all we can to ensure Cape Town remains a sustainable destination and your stay is comfortable, there are a few ways this might affect you as a visitor. Some accommodation establishments have closed their pools, saunas and steam rooms, and removed bath plugs, to limit non-essential water use. Please check with your chosen accommodation. We thank you for understanding.

10 tips to save like a local

  1. Choose to stay in accommodation that has water-saving and contingency plans in place. Make sure you call and ask before booking, so you know exactly what to expect.
  2. Re-use your towels instead of asking for a new one daily.
  3. Try to flush the toilet as little as possible. Each flush uses between 6 and 14 litres, depending on the kind of toilet.
  4. Use a cup to rinse your mouth when you brush your teeth rather than letting the taps run.
  5. Limit your showers to under 90 seconds, and avoid bathing.
  6. Report leaking taps and toilets as soon as you notice them.
  7. Avoid washing clothes until you have a full load’s worth of laundry, or make use of water-wise laundry services such as Green Planet Laundry.
  8. Take a dip in the ocean and tidal pools instead of swimming pools, and maybe even spare yourself a shower.
  9. If possible, use a dishwasher to clean dishes. Just make sure you only run it when it is full.
  10. Use this nifty calculator to make sure you’re helping to save water.

 

For more information visit capetown.gov.za/thinkwater

 

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Cape Town is renowned for its fish & chips shops, with a number of these emporiums of deep fried deliciousness achieving near-legendary status among locals and visitors alike. Ask anyone in Cape Town and they’ll tell you about their favourite place to grab a mouth-watering bite of fleshy fish and slap chips. While the views from many of these little food shacks are nothing short of spectacular, they all have an unpretentious atmosphere with the focus firmly on the quality of the fish. Here’s a look at some of the city’s renowned fish & chips establishments.

Kalky’s Fish & Chips

Arguably the most famous fish & chips shop in the Cape Town area is Kalky’s in Kalk Bay harbour. Serving up a variety of delicious seafood, like hake, snoek, and line fish like yellowtail, caught fresh on the owner’s boat. Kalky’s is always busy, especially during weekends and holidays, with long lines of hungry and eager diners waiting for a taste of the legendary shop’s old-school fish & chips.

Where: Kalk Bay

Contact: 021 788 1726

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Salty Sea Dog

Just down the road from Kalky’s is another local legend, Salty Sea Dog. Situated in a former fish market building in the Simon’s Town harbour, the quaint little shop offers both sit-down or takeaways, both similarly priced and great value for money. They offer a delicious variety of seafood options like hake, calamari, and their fish and chip rolls are what legends are made of. The restaurant side of the shop is licensed, which means you can enjoy a glass of wine or a frosty beer with your meal.

Where: Simon’s Town

Contact: 021 786 1918

Fish and cips with a view from The Salty Sea Dog in Simon's Town. Picture by Estee de Villiers
Fish and chips with a view from The Salty Sea Dog in Simon’s Town. Picture by Estee de Villiers

Fish on the Rocks

Situated between the Hout Bay harbour and the West Fort Battery Naval Heritage site, with the famous Chapman’s Peak peak in the background, Fish on the Rocks is a firm fish favourite. Despite being around for more than three decades, this little eatery in the tiny, shoe-box building with its yellow walls and a red tin roof is actually one of the youngest fish & chips shops around, a testament to Cape Town’s long love-affair with fish & chips. Known for their near-perfect prawns, delicious hake, snoek, line-fish, and mouth-watering calamari, Fish on the Rocks is just around the corner from the CBD, and definitely a must-visit.

Where: Hout Bay

Contact: 021 790 1153

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Fish Hoek Fisheries

Tucked away on the northern end of the sleepy town of Fish Hoek’s Main Road, you’ll find Fish Hoek Fisheries. This no-frills fish & chips shop serves large portions of hake or snoek that’s fried to perfection in a light-and-crispy, golden batter, and ‘slap chips’ the classic South African favourite – thick cut potato chips that are both soft and crispy. When it comes to old-school fish & chips shops, these guys are the real deal.

Where: Fish Hoek

Contact: 021 782 2314

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Ooskus Fisheries

Gordon’s Bay is situated on the eastern side of False Bay, a mere 45-minute drive from Cape Town’s CBD, and is a favourite among holidaymakers. Just down the road from the harbour, situated just off the road that goes to Betty’s Bay is one of the town’s institutions, Ooskus Fisheries. A bustling little seafood shop that serves the most delicious seafood, including calamari, prawns, oysters, and of course, fish and chips. This tiny little shack can get very busy at lunchtimes and weekends, with lines stretching out the door and almost down the road, a wait well worth it.

Where: Gordon’s Bay

Contact: (021) 856 1625

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 Franchises

Also worth a mention are the number of small, local franchise fish & chips shops, all of which have a long, rich history of serving some of the best seafood on-the-go in the Cape Town area. With only a handful of stores each, they retain the charm about them, so if you spot a SnoekiesTexies, or Lucky Fish, rest assured that you’ll get the same quality as the original shops where it all started.

 

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Book your accommodation with us in Simon’s Town for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Week: 3 – 12 March 2018. Ask for your 10% discount when you enquire if you or your group are participating! ??

16 Jan 2018

(Cape Town, 15 January 2018) Rumours that the 2018 Cape Town Cycle Tour has been postponed or cancelled as a result of the severe water shortages in the Western Cape, are unfounded and not true, says Cape Town Cycle Tour Director David Bellairs.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour Management Team has been working tirelessly over the last year, looking at ways to ensure this iconic event can take place. A comprehensive plan is in place with all our suppliers and service providers to ensure that we reduce our reliance and impact on the municipal water supply to as close to 0% as possible. We believe this is achievable and are making every effort to meet this goal.

“We will also be asking all participants traveling to Cape Town to please support us in our efforts to conserve water during their stay in the Mother City. All participants will receive communications prior to the event to ensure that they fully understand the severity of the crisis and we will provide practical tips on how they can do their part,” says Bellairs.”

Eliminating the event’s reliance on municipal drinking water will be achieved through a variety of strategies and solutions including :

  • The use of grey water
  • The use of de-salinated water
  • Spring water brought in from outside the City of Cape Town
  • Chemical toilets & hand sanitisers
  • No shower facilities will be provided

As an event that has always prided itself on its proactive and responsible approach to environmental matters, we will do everything possible to ensure that our events’ water footprint has a negligible impact on our precious water resource – while still delivering a world-class event.

The entire net surplus of the Cycle Tour is distributed to the Rotary Club of Claremont and the Pedal Power Association. “The cost of the water strategy will mean that the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s contribution to charity will possibly be slightly less in 2018,” says Bellairs. “But we feel strongly that the event must go ahead, as many of these charities rely on this income for their projects, not to mention the significant positive economic impact the Cycle Tour has for the city and the province.”

The Cape Town Cycle Tour #40take2 will be staged on Sunday, 11 March 2018, with a new Start at the Grand Parade Precinct. Keep up to date with developments of the Cape Town Cycle Tour by liking our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/cycletour or by following us on Twitter at @CTCycleTour or on Instagram @CTCylceTour.

For any event queries, or assistance with entries, please contact the Cycle Tour Events Office during office hours on 087 820 7223 or visit www.capetowncycletour.com.

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ISSUED BY:                                                The Cycle Tour Media Office

ON BEHALF OF:                                       Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust

DATE ISSUED:                                          16 January 2018

MORE INFORMATION

Tel:  021 686 0222

Email: media@cycletour.co.za

Source: capetowncycletour.com

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