Town is a village and a naval base in South Africa, near Cape Town.
It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape
Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base
and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy).
False Bay is located to the southeast of Cape Town but to the west of Cape
Agulhas and Simon's Town is consequently located roughly on the border
between the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. The town is named after Simon
van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. The land rises
steeply from near the water's edge and the picturesque village is boxed
in along the shoreline by the heights above.
map of Simon's Town
|The small harbour
itself is not a particularly good natural harbour and is protected from
swells by a breakwater that was built with thousands of huge blocks of
sandstone quarried out of the face of the mountain above. Simon's Town
is now in effect a suburb of greater Cape Town. It is the terminus of a
railway line that runs south from the central business district of Cape
Town. In places the railway line hugs the steep eastern shore of False
Bay quite spectacularly and in bad weather foam from some heavy swells
will fly up and wet the trains! One of the best beaches on the Cape
Peninsula, Boulders Beach, is located a few kilometres to the south of
Simon's Town. Here small, secluded coves with white sandy beaches and calm,
safe, warm, shallow waters are interspersed between huge rounded boulders
of Cape granite that form low cliffs and small caves. There has been a
colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach since 1985. There is no record
of the birds having lived here prior to that date, so their decision to
settle in an area already well-utilized by humans is remarkable. There
are only three penguin populations on the mainland in southern Africa.
(The others are on islands).
accommodation in Simon's Town
Maison Dorries, Holiday Home, SIMON'S TOWN
free WiFi and sea views, La Maison Dorries is a holiday home, set in Simon?s
Town. Guests benefit from terrace. Free private parking is available on
site. There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen as well as a
private bathroom. A flat-screen TV with satellite channels is offered.Cape
Point is 17 km from La Maison Dorries, while Boulders Beach is 1 km away.
The nearest airport is Cape Town International Airport, 29 km from the
Holiday Home, Beachfront Self-Catering Villa, SIMON'S TOWN
situated near Boulders Beach, Simonís Town, with a 180° view of False
Bay stretching from Muizenberg in the north to Cape Point in the south.
Felsensicht is a 4 star, ultra-modern, large, attractive and wonderfully
comfortable home. It is beautifully furnished with all mod cons. All necessary
linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware, pots, pans etc are provided. We are
a 2-minute walk from Fisherman's Beach and a 20-minute walk from the world
famous penguins. We can accommodate up to 6 persons in 2 double rooms and
1 twin room. The accommodation is self-catering. Children are welcome.
Please note that we are a non-smoking establishment. RedButton Internet
hotspots are installed throughout the house.
House, Self-Catering Villa, SIMON'S TOWN
This property is 10 minutes
walk from the beach. Rocklands House is a double-storey home located in
Simonís Town. The house offers stunning views of False Bay and comes with
4 bedrooms with sea view. It features an outdoor pool and a hot tub. Rocklands
has an open-plan, fully equipped kitchen with adjoining dining area and
lounge. Two of the rooms are situated on the upper level, leading onto
a deck with a Weber barbecue and hot tub. The house has an entertainment
area with a lounge, kitchenette, pool table, table tennis board and built-in
sauna. An array of activities can be enjoyed in the surroundings, including
hiking and golfing. The property offers free parking. Boulders Beach is
2 km away and Cape Point can be reached within 30 minutes by car.