Simon's Town Adventures, a list of Things To Do this weekend!
A quaint Victorian street façade, fish and chips shops and seagulls wheeling overhead, might not sound like a place in Africa but this historic town, is located on the false bay coastline along the Cape Peninsular only 40km from the city of Cape Town. And like most towns in South Africa, there’s a vibrant adventure hub here too, not to mention plenty of sunshine. Simonstown is wedged between sea and mountains providing locations for both water sports and terrestrial adventures. Once you’ve explored Simonstown’s historic mile, perhaps visited a museum or two and had some down time watching yachts drift by from your chilled perch at a waterfront restaurant, its time to get out and about. Simonstown’s natural beauty and unique adventure offerings are worth allocating time to.
Earmarked as a safe harbour in 1687 by the Dutch governor Simon Van Der Stel and now South Africa’s naval base, excellent boat tours of all kind feature high on the agenda. Exciting trips that hug the rugged coastline to Cape Point are popular with visitors. Encounters with Southern Right whales, sharks, dolphins and Cape fur seals are just some of the many attractions of this area.
Simonstown is also home to a penguin colony. Observing these endearing creatures while Kayaking in the azure waters off Boulders Beach is one of the special experiences you can do in Simonstown. For the adventurous, scuba diving offers a chance for immersion into marine ecology distinctive for its water rockeries of large granite boulders, kelp forests and rich sea life.
On land, perhaps reflecting its military status, there are several fun target shooting activities on offer. Hiking in the mountains around Simonstown and along the stunning coastline is also possible. In summer Capetonians come to Simonstown to escape the wild South Easter; perfect little wind protected white sandy beaches nestle amongst giant granite boulders and penguins often waddle past your towel.
Simonstown’s proximity to Cape Point and all its 7,750 hectares of wild beauty provides magnificent hiking and cycling opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. For those who like their weekend getaways a perfect combination of high energy activity and ocean-lulled chill time, Simonstown is the destination for you.