Simons Town Journals

Simon's Town - Home of the Penguin

A travel journal to Simons Town by MiriamMannak

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Quote: Simon's Town is one of the cutest towns on the Cape Peninsula. And there is quite a lot to do too!

Simon's Town - Home of the Penguin

Overview

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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One of the highlights of the Cape Peninsula is definitely Simon's Town. This cute seaside town, once upon a time one the most important Naval base in South Africa, boasts many attractions: The penguin colony of Boulders Beach, the monument of Just Nuissance, the harbor and of course - just down the road Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope and the surrounding Nature Reserve.Quick Tips: In Simon's Town, Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve which embraces Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope, is just a 30 minute drive away. While most people only visit Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope, the reserve is absolutely worth it. For one thing for the stunning and practically deserted beaches; a great place f...Read More
Topsail House Photo, Simons Town, South Africa
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If you want to go to Simon's Town, and you want to go budget, then Topsail House is your best bet. This travelers lodge in between Boulders Beach and the town's harbour used to be a convent which was completely revamped by its owners.
The rooms are clean, the surroundings beautiful (except for the extremely ugly naval base building across the road), and the hosts most friendly.
Want to make your stay special? For R350, you can spend the night in which was once the chapel, which was revamped into a so-called honeymoon suite.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 21, 2005

Topsail House
176 St. Georges Street
Simons Town, South Africa 7995
+27 21 786-5537

Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope

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Attraction | "Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope"

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In the 15th century the Portuguese, who were the first Europeans to sail along what we now know as Cape of Good Hope, called her Cabo Tormentosa (Cape of Storms) or Cabo de Bon Esperanza (Cape of Good Hope), simply because sailing along Cape of Good Hope without getting into trouble was a mission from hell. The Dutch, who arrived more than a century later, probably agreed with the Portuguese, as they called the "fairest cape" Kaap de Goede Hoop. And the British? They must have felt the same. A visit to Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point (yes, there are two Capes) is almost mandatory when you are in Cape Town. But please don't skip Cape of Good Hope National Park. This beautiful nature reserve bo...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 10, 2005

Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope
Cape Peninsula / South Africa
Simons Town, South Africa

Tribute to Just Nuisance

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Attraction | "A Tribute to Just Nuisance"

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One of the most unique and heartwarming monuments I have seen in Cape Town so far stands on Jubilee Square in Simon’s Town, overlooking the harbor. It is a bronze tribute to Just Nuisance, probably one of the most loved dogs in South Africa. Seeing the live size bronze statue of the beloved Great Dane and reading about this apparently wonderful dog, the lump in my throat grew bigger. It is a feel-good story, but also a sad one. Here it goes.Just Nuisance moved with his owner to Simon’s Town for career purposes. Here, this Great Dane, which had another unknown name, was introduced into the world of sailors. Simon’s Town was, and still is, a very important navy base in South Africa. The dog ma...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2005

Tribute to Just Nuisance
Jubilee Square
Simons Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony)

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Attraction | "The Penguins of Boulder's Beach"

Boulders Beach (Penguin Colony) Photo, Cape Town, South Africa
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One of the highlights of the Cape Peninsula is the penguins of Boulders Beach, close to Simon's Town. I have been to Boulders on a couple of occasions now, but every time these black 'n white creatures manage to capture my full attention. Surrounded by massive boulders (what is in a name?), Boulders Beach is a safe haven to a colony of over than 3,000 African penguins. The colony is doing fine and slightly growing, which makes the penguin population at Simon's Town unique: most other colonies along the African coast are declining because of for instance over fishing and oil spills.In 2000 the MV Treasure sank 8km off Table Bay. More than 1300 tons of fuel leaked into the water,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 6, 2006

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

About the Writer

MiriamMannak

MiriamMannak
Cape Town, South Africa