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Exploring the Cape Peninsula

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A January 2003 trip to South Africa by meadowlark

British Hotel Apartments Photo, Simons Town, South Africa More Photos
Quote: Simon's Town is a great base for exploring the Cape Peninsula National Park. The Cape of Good Hope offers great hikes and breath-taking views of the Atlantic while Boulder's Beach offers one the chance to swim with penguins.

Exploring the Cape Peninsula

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Cape Point National Park Photo, South Africa, Africa
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Hiking at Cape Point: There are several good trails at the Cape of Good Hope that allow you the opportunity to experience the cape's flora and fauna, as well as the great view from the cliffs. Enjoy a scenic drive: The views of False Bay's turquoise water glittering in the sun with the dark blue mountains in the distance is fabulous. There are several circular drives near Cape Point with great views and occasional herds of grazers. Swim with the penguins: Although we decided to just enjoy the penguin colonies company on land, we did see a couple braving the cool waters for a swim. Quick Tips: Be prepared!...Read More

British Hotel Apartments

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Hotel | "The British Hotel Apartments"

British Hotel Apartments Photo, Simons Town, South Africa
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The British Hotel Apartments are a relic of the Victorian era. Apparently, British imperialist Cecil Rhodes used to stay here as well as some famous authors. The three story building on the main road in Simon's Town has several three bedroom apartments as well as a few suites with a double bed. The price was $25 per person for 3-4 people for one of the apartments. We were utterly amazed by the spaciousness of the apartment. We had: * Three bedrooms (two with twin beds and one with a double bed) * Two bathrooms (one with shower and separate tub, one with huge claw foot tub and shower extension) * A large open kitchen area * A dining area * A loft that housed an office area ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

British Hotel Apartments
90 St. Georges Street
Simonstown, South Africa 7975
021 786 2214

Penguin Point Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Penguin Point Cafe"

Penguin Point Restaurant Photo, Simons Town, South Africa
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The Penguin Point Cafe is located at the Boulder's Beach car park and has a great view of False Bay. The cafe is really more of a nice seafood restaurant but has outdoor seating (most pleasant in the day--not night) for those who want to sit closer to the sea. For dinner, the tables are lit by candlelight and there is a very nice ambiance. The large windows in the front give a great view of the harbor lights after the sun goes down. We ordered seafood starters and main dishes of swordfish, seafood curry, and ostrich steak. Ostrich steak tastes very much like beef only with a unfamiliar aftertaste. Ostrich meat is much tougher so it's best not to have it cooked too well-done. The m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Penguin Point Restaurant
4 Boulders Place
Simon's Town, South Africa 7995
021 786 1758

Cape Point Nature Reserve

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Attraction | "Cape Point Peninsula National Park"

Cape Point Nature Reserve Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Although the Cape of Good Hope is neither the southern-most tip of Africa nor the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic Ocean (as some tourist brochures still claim), it is still worth a visit. The Park is one of the main tourist locations in the great Cape Town area. It is possible to get here by train and taxi, but easiest in your own car. Most people head straight for the Cape Point, where a little train takes the non-athletic up to the lighthouse at the tip of the Cape of Good Hope. The more adventurous can be satisfied by several hikes in the area which take you along the cliffs and possibly (a long way) down to the beach via system of boardwalks. At the Cape Point there are many ...Read More

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Cape Point Nature Reserve
Cape Point
Cape Town, South Africa 7975
+27 21 780 9100

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "Boulders Beach"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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Boulders Beach claims to be home to the only mainland penguin colony. We saw around 20 sunning themselves on the boulders, a half-dozen swimming in the pools by the boulders, and probably close to a hundred nesting in the underbrush on a short paved trail that goes past the kiosk if you don't turn off to go down the beach. The jackass penguins didn't appear to be threatened by humans and do not seem to mind people sitting on the boulders with them for pictures. I wouldn't suggest trying to feed or touch them because they are wild, but you can get reasonable close to see the detail of their scale-like feathers. We saw a couple of people swimming in the waters--(which were quite cold) and other...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)
4 Boulders Place Simon's Town
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 (21) 786 1758

Simon's Town

Attraction | "Shopping in Simon's Town"

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Those looking to pick up a few crafts and souvenirs need go no further than a pleasant stroll down the main road in Simon's Town. This old Victorian style walkway sells every from postcards, books, and Levi's jeans to local handicrafts and antiques. If you begin walking at the British Hotel Apartments, there is an English pub and a nice French restaurant to start off or end your tour. As you stroll south, the shops are on your right and boats in False Bay are on your left. Many of the buildings along the shopping side of the street are multi-story offering shade from the hot sun while the sea breeze keeps the town cool. The only word of warning is to be sure to use the crosswalk (since the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 6, 2003

Simon's Town
45 km from Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa 8000