Activities in and Around Simons Town
False Bay Yacht Club
situated in the centre of Simon’s Town. The Clubhouse is a modern building with full ablution facilities. There is a bar and lounge area, called “The Crow’s Nest”, a restaurant “Galley” which serves exceptional, good value meals. There is also a braai (BBQ) area on the lawn outside. There is safe swimming for the whole family, in clean water, right in front of the clubhouse.
Simon’s Town Country Club
Simon’s Town Country Club, situated alongside Boulders National Park, overlooks False Bay and offers you the experience of an uncrowded 9 hole golf course with unsurpassed sea and mountain views. The club also offers bowls and squash facilities. The superb kitchen provides a large range of delicious and inexpensive breakfasts, pub lunches and easy meals.
Often considered the gemstone treasure chest of the world as almost half of the Earth’s gemstones are found in this region. At the Scratch Patch in Simon’s Town you can enjoy hunting through hundreds of thousands of polished gemstones that literally cover the floor. You can also visit their gemstone tumbling factory (the world’s largest) – and see how rough stone is polished.
Cape Peninsula National Park
Encompassing the Peninsula mountain chain that stretches from Signal Hill in the north to Cape Point in the south. Recognised globally for its extraordinarily rich and unique flora & fauna, this singular land formation – with its rugged cliffs, steep slopes and sandy flats – is a truly remarkable natural, scenic, historical, cultural and recreational asset locally, nationally and internationally.
Situated just a few minutes away from El Mirador! No visit to this part of the world is complete without visiting the Boulders Beach penguin colony (famed for it’s Jackass Penguin’s). This is one of two mainland breeding colonies of the African Penguins. A sight too behold, bathers tanning and swimming while the penguins swim between them.
Just Nuisance Cruise
The original and most popular cruise in Simon’s Town! Departs from the town pier, and as you take a slow cruise around Simon’s Town Bay you will enjoy all the historic sights and splendid scenery of Simon’s Town. Along the way you are sure to encounter seals, birdlife and even whales. You will then enter the S.A. Navy harbour where you can view the ships and submarines.
Deep Sea & Game Fishing
Deep ocean big-game fishing ranges from 15 to 40 nautical miles from land. The most common catches include yellowfin, swordfish and bigeye and albacore (longfin) tuna, but can also produce black, blue or striped marlin. Yellowfin and bigeye tuna range in size from 30 to 100 kilograms, the albacore tuna from 8 to 30 kilograms.
Great White Shark Cage Dives
The Cape South Coast is one of only three places in the world where white sharks can be viewed on a cage dive. Great White Shark cage dives provide the thrill of a lifetime. The Great White Shark Experience is a unique opportunity to view the Great White Shark in its natural environment, either from a boat or an underwater cage.
Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. These magnificent creatures provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November. Humpbacks migrate through the region between May and December each year. Sightings are common place from the unique view point at El Mirador!
Seal Island Charters
Depart from the Simon’s Town pier on one of these charters and enjoy cruising the rugged coast as you make your way past Seal Island where you will marvel at the number of playful Cape Fur Seals around this gorgeous little Island. Snorkel and dive with them as they frolic in the water, bask in the sun, nurse their young and feed on shoals of fish.
Activities in and Around The Cape Peninsula
Table Mountain Cableway
The exhilerating ascent of Table Mountain in the cable car is a definite must for any visitor. Even the locals are awed time and again by the 360º view of Cape Town from the cable car. The cable car was first opened in 1929 and today conveys some 600,000 people to the summit annually. On the summit there is a restaurant and a souvenir shop.
Two Oceans Aquarium (Cape Town)
More than 50 exhibits in 9 major galleries explore the habitats surrounding the southernmost tip of Africa. The four largest exhibits are the I&J Predator Exhibit (2 million litres); Kelp Forest Exhibit (700,000 litres), the Sappi ‘Story of Water’ exhibit (a series of smaller exhibits), and the exhibit of ‘The Living Dead’ – travelled in time, locked in rock.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
In the shadow of Table Mountain, these world famous gardens are home to over 8500 indigenous plant species, including some so rare that they occur in areas only a few square meters in extent. The tiny enclave of the southern and western Cape is one of the world’s richest botanical regions, in fact, one of its six flora kingdoms.
Rondevlei Bird Sanctuary
At Rondevlei Nature Reserve you will experience one of the most important Wetlands for birds in South Africa.
This reserve is home to 230 species of birds, many small mammals like Caracal, Cape Fox, Mongoose, Steenbuck and the Western Cape’s only population of Hippo.
District Six Tour
Enjoy the vibrant colours of the homes in Bo-Kaap, an area steeped in Slave culture – a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants.
60 000 people were forcibly removed to barren outlying areas and their houses in District Six were flattened by bulldozers. The District Six Museum works with the memories of these experiences.
The townships of Cape Town stand in strong contrast to the wealthier suburbs, economically, culturally and (still) racially. There is a lot of poverty and unemployment, but there is also an amazing warmth and community spirit! Witness first hand the phenomenon of South African township life. Take in a variety of townships in the Cape Town area.
A recently proclaimed World Heritage Site and symbol of Freedom and Perseverance of the Human Spirit. Robben Island is home to the notorious maximum security prison that once held retired South African President Nelson Mandela. Situated about 12km into the sea in the middle of Table Bay. Separated from the Cape mainland by a narrow channel of seawater.
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
Now South Africa’s most popular tourist attraction, a commercial and tourist centre surrounding a working harbour. 250 stores and 45 different restaurants and bars. An arts and crafts centre, IMAX cinema, internationally renowned aquarium. At the cosmopolitan V&A Waterfront development you can experience some of the best shops, restaurants & cafés on offer.
The Castle of Good Hope
Visit the oldest surviving building in South Africa, built by Commander Jan van Riebeeck in 1652 upon establishing a maritime replenishment station for the Dutch East Indian Company (VOC). In 1936 the Castle was declared a National Monument. The Castle of Good Hope remains the best preserved of its kind built by the VOC.
The Cape Winelands
Experience the hospitality and beauty of Stellenbosch, Paarl, Wellington, Franschhoek and Robertson in the Breede River Valley.
Visit some of the many wine farms, or stroll down a beautifully restored street in one of the historical town centres and visit the museums and monuments that pay homage to South Africa’s proud history.
Cape Town offers a wide variety of spectacular, affordable adventure and sport activities including …
Deep sea fishing
Surfing / windsurfing
4 x 4 trails
Hot air ballooning