One of South Africa’s oldest towns and Naval base, Simon’s Town (sometimes misspelt as Simons Town) is a picturesque and historical town where many happy memories are waiting to be made just 35km outside Cape Town. From the Toy and Navy museums to the eateries and shops, here’s what you need to see while in Simon’s Town.
Visiting the African Penguin colony at Boulder’s Beach is high on everyone’s must-see list and you simply can’t leave without saying hello to our monochrome friends. Boulders is a part of the South African National Parks and all along the penguin viewing path you’ll be able to see penguins in their natural habitat. At Foxy Beach you can also have a swim with the penguins!
Read more about Boulder’s Beach.
Awaken your inner sailor and head to the seas where you can go whale watching (between June and November) and appreciate the splendour of Cape Point from the ocean.
Visit www.boatcompany.co.za for more
Explore the museums
The most affordable entertainment you’re likely to find is at the town’s museums. The Simon’s Town Museum, SA Naval Museum and Warrior Toy Museum have collections that will have you reminiscing. You can delve into the heart of the Muslim community’s heritage by visiting the Heritage Museum in King George’s Way.
Do the audio tour
Walk the main road and explore the local sites with the help of audio guide and local Maureen Miller. Hear interesting facts about this town’s maritime history and traditions as you enjoy a leisurely 30-minute circular route of 2km. At under R30 ($2), this trip is super affordable.
Download the Voice Map app and the Simon’s Town Tour at voicemap.me.
Salute Just Nuisance
On Jubilee Square, you’ll find the statue of the Great Dane Just Nuisance who is a legend in these parts. Enlisted in the 1930s, Just Nuisance is the most famous dog in Naval History. There’s also a special display for him at the Simon’s Town Museum and his grave site on Red Hill is also a frequent stop for visitors.
The statue of Just Nuisance on Jubilee Square in Simon’s Town
Go diving or kayaking
Let your arms do the work and kayak along the coastline to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach. If you’re looking to get into the water, dive with the experts of Pisces Divers and see how beautiful the waters of Simon’s Town are from below.
For more info visit piscesdivers.co.za & kayakcapetown.co.za
Shark Cage Diving
If you want to see the famed great white shark up close in False Bay, then you’re spoilt for choice as companies like African Shark Eco Charters, Shark Explorers and Shark Expeditions Apex offer an array of shark diving experiences – all setting out from Simon’s Town.
Visit www.ultimate-animals.com | www.sharkexplorers.com/ | www.apexpredators.com
Get a bite to eat
Dine on a seafood platter, oysters, prawns or the catch of the day at local favourite Bertha’s as you look out onto the harbour. For classic fish and chips, check out the Salty Sea Dog just across the way in Wharf Street If you’re heading towards Cape Point, stop over at the Black Marlin for great views and a relaxing atmosphere as you enjoy some fresh seafood.
Coffee, pastries and something sweet
The Sweetest Thing offers an exceptional array of mouth-watering cakes, pastries, pies and sweet treats that are proudly local. Stop by Monocle & Mermaid for a hot cup of coffee, pastries or wrap and browse their local art and music on sale while soaking up their charming décor.
Visit the Jubilee Square for all kind of craft and souvenirs and pop by the Little Shop on the Square for more. There’s also a great selection of vintage, second-hand and charity stores along the main road, so keep your eyes and ears open for a bargain or ten.
For more information visit www.simonstown.com