Simon’s Town is a popular seaside town nestled on the shores of False Bay and home to the South African Navy. For more than two centuries it has been a naval base and harbor, first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy.
Simon’s Town offers a village rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth, and boasts some lovely holiday accommodation options. Among the many accommodation establishments to choose from is AHA Simon’s Town Quayside Hotel. The Quayside Hotel is perfectly positioned on the water’s edge of the Simon’s Town yacht basin, with breathtaking views over False Bay and the majestic Simon’s Kloof Mountains. This nautically styled, 29-bedroom 4-star hotel was recently renovated in a contemporary style that still manages to stay true to the old-world style of Simon’s Town.
In addition to great spots to stay, with neighbours like whales, penguins and seals the list of fun activities is never ending! Why not start at Boulders Beach, home to the African Penguin Colony? Here, there has been a colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach since 1985 and you can view these flightless birds at close range and even swim with the penguins! An alternative option for viewing the penguins is to venture offshore and enjoy a kayaking excursion to see them.
Sea Kayaking in the warm waters of False Bay is a great way to experience the local sea life as closely as possible. Alternatively, stay in the warm, dry comfort of a boat and venture out for a boat trip to Seal Island located only 8 nautical miles from Simon’s Town harbour in False Bay. Seal Island is home to 75,000 Cape Fur Seals and the hunting ground for the Great White Shark. You can also get up close and personal with Southern Right Whales on a Whale Watching Boat trip from Simons’ Town. Other activities possible to do from Simon’s Town are SUP (stand up paddling), cycling (hire a mountain bike and whichever direction you cycle out in is guaranteed to be picturesque), walking and hiking. The village also hosts a number of annual festivals including the Navy Festival and the Penguin Festival, both well worth a visit.
If adrenaline is more your style, there is always shark cage diving! Highly personalised shark eco-tours give you the opportunity to witness one of nature’s greatest spectacles – a breaching Great white shark. Tours from Simon’s Town include cage diving and surface viewing.
If you’d prefer to stay on dry land, you are not going to miss out! Simon’s Town is steeped in historical sights, museums and heritage. The most popular of these would certainly be the statue of Just Nuisance. Just Nuisance was the only dog ever to be officially enlisted in the Royal Navy. He was a Great Dane who between 1939 and 1944 served at HMS Afrikander, a Royal Navy shore establishment in Simon’s Town, South Africa. On his death in 1944, at the age of 7, he was buried with full military honours. The local community still honour him today with a life-size statue and an annual Great Dane Parade.
Simon’s Town also boasts a vast array of local and international cuisine. Seafood dining is naturally the most popular, given it is a seaside village, but in addition to mussels and fresh prawns, you will find everything from fine dining to Italian & Japanese.
Very simply, the picturesque and historical town of Simon’s Town is just waiting for you to make some memories!