SIMON'S TOWN & SURROUNDS

A few ideas of things to do over the wedding weekend!

Seaforth Beach is lovely for swimming, water-activities and penguin viewing.

You can rent equipment from www.sharkwarrior.com on the beach – snorkelling, stand-up paddling, kayaking. Kayaking over the kelp forests is a magical experience – highly recommended! 

Boulder’s Beach Penguin Reserve – Start at the Seaforth Parking lot. At Water’s Edge, buy a cappuccino or ice cream (fabulous).

Then keep walking – the road leads to the penguin walkway – it is a lovely walk with gorgeous sea views and the chance to see the penguins up close.

From the walkway, you can see Boulder’s Beach.  Alternately, pay the entrance fee to Boulder’s Beach and spend time swimming with the penguins.

Boulder’s is a very protected beach – good place to visit if the wind is howling. 

www.sanparks.org

From Boulder’s Beach, if you keep walking south, you will eventually come to the Simon’s Town Golf Course. This was the Bellevue Prisoner of War Camp during the Anglo-Boer War.

Visit  www.wmbr.org.za

www.sahistory.org.za

for more info. Keep walking to the end of the golf course, and look for a small gate that leads you to Windmill Beach – a really lovely beach with a big rock to jump off.

If you’re in the mood, visit the Simon’s Town Museums 

www.simonstown.com

Some are a little neglected, but they are still quite quirky and quaint.

Stroll around the village and visit some of the lovely shops, including Anemone and Craftart and Gallery Emporium.

Visit the Seaforth Cemetery to see interesting old graves. Then take a walk or drive up Runciman Drive for great views.

Take kids to the Scratch Patch to dig for semi-precious stones. There is also ‘cave golf’ here, a great visit for kids on a rainy day.

 www.scratchpatch.co.za

In Simon’s Town Harbour, you can arrange to take a boat trip, go kayaking, do a shark dive, go deep sea fishing, or hire water bicycles.

www.apexpredators.com

 www.capetownwaterbikes.co.za

 www.kayakcapetown.co.za

www.boatcompany.co.za

www.bigbluefishingcharters.com

If you are a diver, you may want to arrange a dive with Pisces Divers,

www.piscesdivers.co.za

For an interesting tour of the peninsula with a marine biologist visit,

www.rockhoppertours.co.za

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SOME RECOMMENDED RESTAURANTS 

Saveur, Simon’s Town Harbour or Harbour Bay Mall, nice breakfasts and lunches,

021 786 1919 

www.saveur.co.za

The Lighthouse Cafe, Main Road Simon’s Town, very nice – all meals,

021 786 9000

(make reservation for dinners on Fri or Sat, book for Sun lunch) 

www.thelighthousecafe.co.za

The Sweetest Thing, Main Road Simon’s Town – doesn’t look like much, but the quiches, pies, cakes and pastries are heavenly.

(Facebook)

The Two and Sixpence Tavern (Facebook) is the local.

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SIMON’S TOWN TAKE-AWAYS

INDIAN – The Raj, Harbour Bay Mall,

021 786 9484

PIZZA – Café Pescado, Main Road Simonstown,

021 786 2272

(only order pizza -not other meals)

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SOME USEFUL INFORMATION

Doctor

Dr Steven van der Merwe

021 786 1697

198 Queen’s Road Simon’s Town

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Dentist

Dr Christine Terblanche

021 782 0439

Shop 4, Glencairn Shopping Centre (at KwikSpar) Glencairn

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Hospital / Emergency Room

Mediclinic Constantiaberg

021 799 2911

Burnham Road, Plumstead

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Hospital / Emergency Room

Melomed Tokai

021 764 7500

Main Road & Keysers Road, Retreat

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Groceries

Harbour Bay Mall

Woolworths (fresh and ready-made foods)

Pick n Pay (regular)

Clicks (toiletries)

021 786 9491

Main Road, Simonstown

(just outside of town on the left, as you are driving towards Fishhoek)