Activities in Simon’s Town

Situated on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula on the shores of False Bay, Simon’s Town remains an important naval base to this day, and the town which rises steeply above the harbour up the mountainsides is rich in both architectural and natural beauty, as well as Cape history and strange legends and tales. There are plenty of attractions and activities in this small but captivating town.
Here are some of the highlights:

Things to see and do

  • Visit the protected African Penguin Colony at Boulders BeachThe African Penguin is the only penguin to inhabit the African continent and its inshore islands. As a result of their rare status and the need for their protection, the area has now been taken over by Cape Peninsula National Park, the birds have been restrained from wandering inland by a fence. Board walks and an information room have all been established.
  • Swim and lie in the sun on one of our many beachesThe coastline south of the harbour is home to many small, secluded beaches with calm water and safe bathing. The sea temperature here in summer is much warmer than the temperature on the other side of the Cape Peninsula, and there are many spots that offer shelter from the prevailing wind.
  • Walk in the Cape of Good Hope Nature ReserveUmnenge House backs onto the edge of this nature reserve, which allows for a choice of walks and hikes to suit every fitness level. From a short stroll to the nearby waterfall to a full-day hike over the mountain, there are so many beautiful areas to explore
  • The Scratch Patch at Mineral WorldAlways a children’s favourite, the scratch patch can keep them busy for hours while they search for semi-precious stones.
  • Cape PointAlthough it is not actually the most Southern tip of Africa, and the Indian and Altantic oceans do not always meet there, nearby Cape Point is one of the most spectacularly beautiful peninsulas in world. Rugged cliffs plunge into the churning sea below, while local fauna spring and scurry through the endemic fynbos vegetation.
  • Marine relaxation and adrenalineFalse Bay is home to a significant amount of marine life, from the enormous but placid Southern Right whales to the worlds most deadly ocean predator, the Great White shark. Choose from many of the marine activities available, depending on the season:
    • Whale watching cruises & land-based whale watching
    • Shark cage diving
    • Seal Island boat trips
    • SCUBA diving and SCUBA lessons
    • Big game fishing
    • Surfing in nearby Kalk Bay (advanced), Muizenberg (surf schools available) and around the entire peninsula
    • Sea kayaking
  • Jubilee Square & Quayside WaterfrontA vibrant complex of restaurants and craft stalls within an historical cobblestoned square. See the statue of Just Nuisance, the only dog to have evenr been enlisted in the Royal Navy, and vist the Toy Museum.
  • History and heritageVisit the Simon’s Town Museum, the SA Naval Museum and the Heritage Museum for some insight into the history of the town and the people and events that have shaped it over time.
  • Take a train rideHop onto the train at Simon’s Town station and take a trip right alongside the coast through the seaside villages of Fish Hoek, Clovelly, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenberg, where you can have some surfing lessons before heading back.
  • Have a quick 9 holesSimon’s Town has its own 9-hole golf course, which be your warm-up for a full 18 holes at the nearby Clovelly and Westlake golf courses.
  • Table MountainThe one and only! Only 45 minutes away from Simon’s Town, this world heritage site is waiting for you to hike up or cruise up on the cable car. Once at the top you can enjoy a meal at the cable station restaurant and marvel at the spectacular views of the city below.

Restaurants and places to eat

  • Seaforth An institution in the South Peninsula, Seaforth is a perennial favourite with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy seafood dishes while overlooking the sea after you’ve been viewing the penguins.
  • Two Oceans This Restaurant is situated opposite Jubilee Square in the old Criterion Cinema, in the heart of Simons Town. It offers an eclectic menu to suit all tastes.
  • Bertha’s Relaxed, warm and informal with a cosmopolitan appeal it is a favourite place for visitors to pass a few leisurely hours. Bustling by day you can enjoy a long, lazy lunch; cocktails at sunset out on the terrace or be swept away by the sheer romance of the restaurant at night.
  • Black Marlin Situated just outside of Simon’s Town at Miller’s Point, this restaurant has earned a reputation for it’s stunning seafood, award winning wine list, attentive service and incredible views.
  • Bon Appetit Bon Appetit is an acclaimed fine French dining destination steeped in romance and elegance. The menu features a delectable array of classic French dishes and flavors of Brittany.
  • Captain’s Table Through the swing doors, up the stairs and enter a completely different world – Captain’s Table is old world in style, where everything was designed to enhance your experience.
  • Boulders Beach Restaurant Experience Pacific – Rim Cuisine at it’s best. Our Australian chef Sean Kiely brings together the fusion of international cuisine using fresh local produce.
  • Tibetan Teahouse SOPHEA Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse offers food for body and soul shared in an atmosphere of warmth, beauty and serenity. Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Food.
  • Just Sushi Situated in the picturesque Simon’s Town waterfront with splendid views of the yacht basin, it is one of those restaurants where you feel instantly at home and relaxed. Sushi at its best.
  • Quarterdeck Quarter Deck is a quaint coffee shop which overlooks the Simons Town waterfront and harbour. Enjoy various cakes, pastries and toasted sandwiches over a cup of coffee, while relaxing after a day of exploring Simons Town.
  • Dixies Dixies pub and restaurant has been an institution with locals, families, tourists, fishermen, bikers and appreciators of wholesome and hearty meals for decades.
  • Salty Sea Dog The variety and quality of food offered make it all worthwhile; along with a relaxing atmosphere, this restaurant renders the perfect eat-out spot for the whole family! Enjoy meals either ‘al fresco’ on the sunny sheltered patio, or indoors.
  • The Meeting Place The Meeting Place is a very unconventional coffee shop, restaurant and well stocked deli. The ambience is incredibly relaxed and comes complete with comfortable couches and a cozy fireplace.
  • The Sweetest Thing Patrons can enjoy a selection of delectable pastries including, cheesecake, lemon meringue and chocolate éclair. The patisserie also offers excellent coffee, breakfast, delicious pies and quiche.
Simon’s Town Tourism can offer you further information and advice on what to see and do in Simon’s Town
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