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Simon's Town

Simon's Town, 40 km from Cape Town, is the headquarters of the South African Navy. It features a medium-sized harbour and at times a number of warships. The town has a collection of small museums, a couple of shops, some very nice restaurants and a variety of accommodation options. The biggest drawcard for tourists is the town's close proximity to both the Boulders Penguin Colony and The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

History: The erstwhile Dutch Governor, Simon van der Stel, named this town after himself. It was established in 1687 as a winter anchorage harbour for the Dutch East Indian Company. In 1776 Lord Nelson, then a midshipman, passed through the harbour homeward bound from the East.

In 1795 the British occupied the Dutch Cape by sailing into the very same harbour. The first British adventure in the Cape ended in 1803 but they returned in 1806 to once more occupy the Cape. A hundred and fifty years of Dutch colonialism at the southern tip of Africa came to an end, to be replaced by 150 years of British colonialism. Simon's Town remained a British base until 1957, when it was handed over to the Union of South Africa.

Tours that include Simon's Town

Cape Point

Duration: 1 days, 0 nights
Tour Type: City & day tours
Price: R850 per person (±US$ 61 )

Valid dates: Nov 2017 - Oct 2018

On this half day, morning tour of the Cape Peninsula you travel from Cape Town down the Peninsula’s Atlantic Seaboard up to and including Cape Point, where you’ll spend time taking in the incredible views. Returning via the False Bay coastline you may visit an African Penguin Colony (optional).

Highlights: Cape Point , Boulders Beach Penguin Colony , Chapman's Peak Drive , Cape Peninsula , Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve , Simon's Town .

Cape Point near Cape Town

Duration: 1 days, 0 nights
Tour Type: City & day tours
Price: R1,050 per person (±US$ 75 )

Valid dates: Nov 2017 - Oct 2018

From Cape Town you travel to Hout Bay - with an optional 30-min boat cruise on offer to Duiker Island (Cape Seal colony). The scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive and Cape Point awaits you. An African Penguin Colony (optional) and a visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens round of the day.

Highlights: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve , Boulders Beach Penguin Colony , Cape Peninsula , Cape Point , Simon's Town , Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens .

Simon's Town attractions

Penguins at Boulders Beach (Foxy section) in Simon's Town near Cape Town.

Boulders Beach Penguins

A colony of approx. 3000 African Penguins reside just outside Simon's Town at Boulders Beach. Even though it is a residential area the thriving colony was born when two wild breeding pairs started breeding there in 1982, Boulders Penguin Colony is one of the popular stops for tourists on the Cape Peninsula Tour.

Tourists have their pictures snapped at the Cape of Good Hope sign at the southern point of the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is the southern section of the Cape Peninsula, and includes three promontories at its southern most point: Cape Point, Cape Maclear and the Cape of Good Hope. The Reserve encompasses 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna.

Looking down on Cape Point from the Cape Point lighthouse.

Cape Peninsula

Cape Town is situated on the Cape Peninsula. In 1580 Sir Francis Drake described the Cape Peninsula as "The most stately thing and the fairest Cape we saw in the whole circumference of the earth". A visit to Cape Town should always include a day tour of the Cape Peninsula.