Things to do
Cape Point is one of South Africa’s most famous landmarks and a spectacle not to be missed. Take a day tour on a beautiful scenic coastal trip to visit this spectacular site.
Cape Point Facts:
- The most southwesterly point of Africa.
- It’s where the cold Benguela current on the West coast and the warm Agulhus current on the East coast merge.
- Situated in the 22 100 hectare Table Mountain National Park, a natural World Heritage Site.
- One of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249 m above sea level.
- 26 recorded shipwrecks.
- Bird watcher’s paradise – at least 250 species.
- The circumnavigation of the Cape of Good Hope led to the establishment of a sea route to the East and subsequent trade.
- Approximately 1 100 indigenous plant species.
- Variety of buck, baboons and other animals.
- Swimming at Bordjiesrif and Buffel Bay tidal pools.
- Numerous scenic walks and trails.
- Excellent angling and diving spots.
- Whale and dolphin watching from May to November.
- Historical monuments including the Diaz and Da Gama crosses.
- The funicular – scenic trips to the old lighthouse.
Museums in Simon’s Town
- Simon’s Town Museum offers regular walking tours of the historic town centre
- The Heritage Museum preserves the history of generations of Muslim residents of Simon’s Town
- South African Naval Museum houses a submarine diorama and is the custodian of the Martello Tower
- Warrior Toy Museum showcases a unique collection of toy cars and trains, dolls and lead soldiers.
- Tel 021 786 139
Simon’s Town Waterfront & RESTAURANTS
The Simon’s Town Waterfront has a unique vibe which needs to be experienced firsthand. An eclectic variety of shops and restaurants gives the waterfront its distinctive atmosphere for which it is renowned. From here boat trips depart for Harbour Tours, Whale Watching, Seal Island and Cape Point.
Clovelly Country Club
West Lake Golf Club:
Magical views, winding walkways, inquisitive rock rabbits and masses of indigenous flora. An unequalled cable car ride!
Castle of Good Hope
The Castle was begun in 1666 as the second major VOC fortification at the Cape. It is a five pointed structure with six foot thick, stone-clad walls and built according to early 17th century Dutch fortification principles. It is a very well preserved building and bears similarities to other VOC castles in the East such as in Sri Lanka.
Situated at the very top of Adderley Street in Cape Town City Centre, the Company’s Garden was originally established to provide fresh fruit and vegetable for the seamen sailing from Holland to Indonesia. The beautiful Garden is home to several landmark buildings including Parliament, SA Museum, SA National Gallery, Slave Lodge, St George’s Cathedral, the Jewish Museum and the university of Cape Town’s City Campus
V & A WATERFRONT
A vibrant fusion of shopping, entertainment and nightlife. See the website for details.
Aquarium Two Oceans Aquarium @ V & A Waterfront
Exhibits simulate local condidtions of our 2 oceans surrounding our magnificent shores & include specimens e.g. sharks, penguins, seals, sun fish and much more. This is specatacle not to be missed.
Open daily 365 days a year 09H30 to 18H00
Just 12 kms from Cape Town, this world heritage site is not to be missed. Take a ferry ride from the V & A Waterfront to Robben Island for and informative and funfilled day.
Drama, music and dance – theatre for all.
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the world. With over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries you’ll experience an intimate closeness with nature.
- CONSTANTIA WINE ROUTE:
- Constantia is the birthplace of the wine farming industry in South Africa.
- DURBANVILLE WINE ROUTE:
- Visit 9 of the most unique wine estates in the beautiful Durbanville Winelands.
- FRANSCHOEK WINE ROUTE:
- Franschhoek Valley is known as one of the premier destinations in the World of Wine comprising 30 wine farms including some of South Africa’s most respected names.
- HELDERBERG WINE ROUTE:
- Not far from the southernmost tip of the vast African continent, amidst the villages of the Boland, sprawl the vineyards of the Helderberg Wine Route, guarded by the majestic mountain from which they take their name.
- PAARL WINE ROUTE:
- One of the most established wine routes in the province.
- STELLENBOSCH WINE ROUTE:
- Representing more than 300 wine and grape producers within the boundaries of the Stellenbosch Wine of Origin classification.