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Simon's Town

Simon's Town (South Africa)

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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
45min drive from Cape Town
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Simon's Town

David Debrincat Travel writer
459 travel articles

10km before the Cape of Good Hope, in part of the Table Mountain National Park, you'll find Simon's Town. It's not just a naval base but also home to amazing penguin colonies.

My suggestion:
If you want to watch them away from hoards of tourists, then head 1km south of Foxy Beach.
Often included in Cape of Good Hope tours, Simon’s Town is a must-see during a trip to South Africa.
Simon's Town penguins
Fred Jasseny Travel writer
11 travel articles

Simon’s Town is a small, seaside resort that's a bit like a home from home.

My suggestion:
Once you're done with watching the penguins, settle down to some fish and chips by the harbour. They're just as good here as they are back home!

Simon's Town is a small, pleasant, photogenic, tourist town that I really enjoyed exploring. 

Its strategic position helped its development during the British occupation from 1806 onwards. Whilst wandering around its streets, I could see that the British Royal Navy and Dutch East India Company had clearly left their mark. For example, if you stop between two colourful and typically British facades, you'll find yourself in front of Able Seaman Just Nuisance - the only dog to be part of the British Navy! There's also the impressive Dutch Reformed Church on St. George's Street. Outside of the town centre, the villas that dot the hillside are simply stunning.

Today, Simon's Town is a must during a visit to the Cape peninsula. Boulders Beach is famous for having become the home in 1985 to a colony of African or 'Jackass' penguins. Some came within a few metres' of me whilst I was having a dip. There's no better change of scenery!

African penguins at Boulders Beach