Things to do in Simon's Town

Top Things to Do in Simon's Town

Things to Do in Simon's Town

Top Attractions in Simon's Town


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  • skatermom59
    West Orange, NJ316 contributions
    Well worth a stop on your way to Cape Point. These Native Africa. Penguins nest in this protected area
    Lovely to see them with their young in nests along the beach walkway

    Added bonus are Dossi. An oversized Guinea pig who keeps you company along the walkway
    Written 11 June 2022
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  • Corne L
    Bellville, South Africa156 contributions
    Great museum with beautiful model ships, etc and real objects with a naval background. Free entrance!
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • The World is My Oyster
    Orlando, FL19 387 contributions
    Walked up and down the beach for about one hour and really enjoyed the rocks and small boulders all around. We even get to see a few penguins walking and swimming around.
    Written 11 August 2019
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  • Barry P
    Seville, Spain87 contributions
    The actual grave, high up on the mountain above Simons Town is maintained by former naval graduates of HMS Ganges in Suffolk, UK.
    Written 6 September 2021
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  • Corne L
    Bellville, South Africa156 contributions
    Really friendly and helpful people at the information office. Friendly people at the restuarants and people selling African crafts.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • vandarfelix
    Greater Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
    A small historical museum managed by very group of very dedicated volunteers. The museum is located next to St Francis Church noted as the oldest church in South Africa. Standing at the entrance to the museum you will experience spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and beyond of Simonstown. The historical history and artefacts are well displayed. they could do better if the under-utilised Gerry Read Lecture Hall and possible a second room could accommodated a start, continue and finish room. Fo example: start with the first people of Simonstown, then Simon Van Der Stel, then the first Slavery Period of 1743-1843. This is very important as it will give a clear indication on who they where and their link to all Simonstown families passed and current. The significant of the old cemetery and Kramat, The British Nav and it's links to Napoleon Bonaparte, St Helena and Tristan Da Cuhna and the Simonstown families that had links to this history including Aunty Joan family (Museum Volunteer) and the Cotton Family from Hull to Headman of Tristan Da Cuhna to Napoleon Bonaparte's prison guard for 3 years. In crease the importance of the military room to display Simonites that actual fought and saw action in the wars such as Private Edwin George Cotton and Staff -Sergeant George Albert Felix and all others not mentioned. What Slavery and Apartheid had in common (Freedom), the force removal, group areas act, etc. Display those people who made a difference in Simonstown such as the Amlays, Kesoes, Bakers,Juters, Winter, Cartwrights, Cottons etc and end with the modern day success stories of Clark, Kindo, Hampton, Winter etc. I understand that this is a big task but not impossible. Changes will be a big drawcard as many Simonstown people have know idea how their family history helped shaped Simonstown and the world.Thanks to all the volunteers. A Museum worth visiting.
    Written 22 October 2019
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  • Corne L
    Bellville, South Africa156 contributions
    Must go back again and again and you'll see something "new" each time. Only R 10 entrance. Lots of different types of toys from over many years collected by the friendly owner. A must visit but please parents see that your young kids behave inside.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • Lynseydear
    Banbury, England, United Kingdom156 contributions
    Spent a while here before going to Boulder's Beach - saw several penguins and enjoyed watching them come down to the beach and swim. Not a busy beach so had the penguins to ourselves
    Written 12 August 2019
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  • Curious Cat
    9 contributions
    But who can beat beautiful rocks formation, sunrise with silhouetted penguins which seemed to enjoy climbing to the top of a rock just to enjoy the view!
    Later in the day you can be excused for thinking you are in the Seychelles rather than Cape Town.
    The water is ice-cold, take a thick second skin or a wet-suit if you want to stay in more than 15min. Oh and wear some kind of foot protection there is an abundance of sea urchins.
    Written 4 May 2022
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  • Susan
    Cape Town, South Africa66 contributions
    The view is amazing overlooking Simonstown and False Bay. I would certainly recommend when visiting Simon's Town to take a tour to visit this historic site.
    Written 18 April 2019
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  • Alistair Gibson
    Simon's Town, South Africa59 contributions
    Visiting this decommissioned submarine was a great outing for my son and I. Very informative talk and history of the sub well covered. Super interesting to learn how submariners lived.
    Written 28 August 2018
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  • Wendy B
    Cape Town, South Africa53 contributions
    If you feel like some challenging steps then this is the walk for you. Lots of steps but all evenly laid out and easy to walk. Lovely views as you climb up and Just Nuisance's Grave is at the very top. Take lots of water and sunblock if weather is hot.
    Written 15 September 2020
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  • Annalien P
    Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa312 contributions
    I've been to Simons Town before and never knew about this museum. I visited the toy museum and accidentally ended up at this museum that is in close proximity of the toy museum. I never realised that people were evicted from their homes in the apartheid area in Simons Town. I only knew about District 6. Our guide was most friendly and helpful. She shared so much information with us in the short time that we spent with her. She is super passionate about her families history. The photos and displays are very interesting. I recommend that everyone should visit this museum to understand the history of our beautiful country so much better. Well worth a visit.
    Written 5 September 2017
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  • Catherine V
    14 contributions
    This is one of the most beautiful places to hike is Simons Town , I love hiking here on a Sunday Morning early and watch the sunrise in Summer.
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • Matvl
    4 234 contributions
    There are a few antique stores in this Simon’s Town strip and this one is a good one. A small yet varied collection of antiques with a few modern tourist bits and pieces as part of the mix. Worth wondering through if you’re looking for something interesting.
    Written 5 January 2019
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