Independent, impartial reviews of Simons Town from SafariNow users
A place to lay back and relax. Not crowded. No rushing, great restaurants. Friendly and easy going community. Well dressed Navy officers and cannon shooting tighten up the place more. Great penguin colony, kids love it. A safe place with low crime stats.
25 April 2013
Simon’s Town offers a little piece of history – just walking down the narrow roads and viewing the architecture is a treat! There is much to see and do, with lots of little shops and some superb restaurants. The annual Naval Festival is so exciting – marching bands, pipers, gun displays and trips around the harbour on a tugboat. A great holiday destination!
14 April 2013
We had a very pleasant visit, but were surprised at how little is open after 5pm on a Friday evening, especially as it was the weekend of the Argus Cycle Tour. We had hoped to browse around the shops until around 6:30 pm but that was not possible as ALL were shut. I could understand this if it were the middle of winter, but on a weekend evening during peak tourist season? Missed opportunity!
01 April 2013
Simons Town is so well position on the cape peninsular. Ideal as a launch pad for daily scenic drives in any direction. Colonial, with a strong sense of naval history. Great eateries and very friendly locals.
05 November 2012
peacful and safe.
01 November 2012
Simons Town is a wonderfull village, very typical, quiet and with many different things to do... we can watch wales, walk near the beach, play golf, do birdwatching, eat good fish in a nice restaurant near the beach...
I would like to came back, for sure.
22 August 2012
We had a lovely stay in the quaint Simonstown just over a year ago. It is certainly calling us back for another unforgettable getaway! We had the most amazing sunsets, food and fun. We will definitely return soon!
20 August 2012
Simons Town is a small town with lots of character. A few small shops in the middle of town. It is close to many other small towns for daily excursions. Its also good to stay there if you want to explore Cape Point and not want to drive all the way back to Cape Town. There is also of course the penguin museum as well as the Boulders beach where wild penguins live and breed. They will just walk past you and go on with their business. Kids love it. Nature at its best. Ocean is super cold there,so best just to picnic on the beach unless you are brave enough to swim in supercold water. We loved our stay there for 5 nights which I think is good enough to explore Simons Town and the surrounds decently. We have two small kids as well (2+4 year old). I would defnitely recommend people to go there.
20 August 2012
Everybody likes to get value for money when they go out. There is this beautiful little restaurant in the "habour" that serves up the best fish and chips. Loved it and the experience of authentic fisherman cuisine.
20 August 2012
Great for a weekend getaway from the concrete jungle. The serene view of the sun rising over the eastern horizon, with the sound of the waves hitting the beach is just majestic! A getaway well worth remembering!
20 August 2012
I it the most amazing (beatufill)place. I liked the view from where I was staying. The penguins walked past every single time, it was something to remember. It was walking distance from all the places we wanted to see. I would go there anytime again.
20 August 2012
Lovely old town. Beautiful scenery. Loved the penguins and dolphin viewing from our apartment. Many restaurants to choose from. Would love to come back some time.
16 August 2012
Simons Town is a beautiful place. I always stay there for holidays. Its great.
16 July 2012
Things to do in and from Simon's Town: experience the historical village of Simon’s Town, since 1741 by doing the Historical Mile Walk. The walk captures the history from the days the Dutch East India Company declared Simon’s Town as the winter anchorage for their ships from 15 May to 15 August each year, to the Second British occupation of 1806, up to today. The town still resembles the high street of 100 years ago due to strict zoning and historical conservation. See the preserved historic buildings, and visit the Simon’s Town and Naval museums. Enjoy the waterfront with its interesting coffee bars, restaurants and shops. Visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. The entrance is 12 Km from Simon’s Town. Spend a full or half a day to enjoy the 8500 plant species (Fynbos) that grow here and nowhere else on earth. There are also various animal and reptile and bird species to be seen and enjoyed. There are several hiking trails - from 30 minutes to a full day. Have a picnic on the beach. Visit the 3000 African Penguin Colony. Swim with the penguins if the weather is warm. Rent a kayak and visit the Penguins from the sea side; 2-3 hours. Take a boat ride around Simon’s Bay and hear and see the history of Simon's Town and the South African Navy; One hour. Take a boat ride out to Seal Island where you can see 75000 Cape Fur Seals, great white sharks, whales and dolphins; 2 Hours. White shark cage diving - mainly winter months; Half day. See the Southern Right whales from August to end November. They come here to calve and can be seen and heard from our shores. View them from ashore or by boat. Offshore bird watching – all year. Take a boat 35 miles south of Cape Point to see the Albatrosses; Full day. Relax on one of our beautiful beaches nearby. Go on a hike in the beautiful surrounding mountains. Play golf at one of our nearby courses. Visit the Constantia wine farms and or the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens - 30 minutes drive from our house; Half day. Visit one of our many restaurants in the day or evening. Visit the city of Cape Town - 50 minutes drive from here. Climb or visit Table Mountain with the cable car - 50 minutes from here.
01 June 2012
My stay in Simons Town was very pleasant but for a bad eating experience at Harbour View Cafe. Food was way too expensive for very average food and the service was disgusting to say the least. I would not recommend this eatery to anybody.
02 May 2012
The beauty of Simon's Town is the proximity and distance to Cape Town. Far enough from the hustle of the city, but close enough for a evening out! Here you can relax, enjoy an excellent meal, walk down the main road and shop a little, but we are best known for our peaceful vibe! Whales galore, excellent snorkeling and diving spots, and penguins year round~
23 April 2012
A wonderful place to come and relax and meet nice, down to earth people. Escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and stroll down the Historic Mile. Close to good beaches and watch the whales up close in season. Cape Point Nature Reserve is on our doorstep.
Excellent and diverse accommodation choices.If you are looking for peace and quiet and some good fresh sea air there is nowhere better than Simon's Town.
21 April 2012
Ros Follett (Mrs)
Simon's Town is a very special place. A Victorian village with 21st century amenities. There are restaurants catering for all tastes, beautiful home decor and clothes shops, delicatessens, an exquisite patisserie, a town square with market traders and a pretty waterfront offering a variety of water sport activities. And it is a paradise for walkers and hikers. Cape Point is only a 20 minute drive away, along a stunning coastal road, and Cape Town can be reached in under an hour by car or train to the city centre. A place to be as lazy as you like, soaking up the sun and scenery, or as active as you wish. The best of both worlds can be found in Simon's Town.
21 April 2012
DESCRIPTION OF SIMON'S TOWN
Simon's Town itself is a quaint and interesting little town. The Simon's Town waterfront is an extremely attractive area with a number of small boutiques selling clothing, artistic items, bric a brac and souvenirs. There is an excellent choice of restaurants within walking and /or driving distance of our holiday home, Felsensicht, including Seaforth Restaurant, The Meeting Place, Bertha’s, The Salty Sea Dog, Café Pescado, Just Sushi, The Quarter Deck and, 2½ km from our home towards the south, The Black Marlin. Simon's Town is well known for its Naval Museum, Toy Museum and Simon's Town Cultural Museum. The Scratch Patch is also an important tourist attraction where one can 'scratch' for a wide variety of beautiful gemstones.
BEACHES AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
The Boulders Beach National Heritage Site is extremely popular with visitors. It is 2 km from the centre of Simon's Town (1 km from Felsensicht Holiday Home), and, as well as enjoying the Boulders Beach, visitors can enjoy seeing and photographing the many penguins who have taken up residence here. Fisherman's Beach is a mere 2 minute walk from our holiday home, Felsensicht. It is perfect for children and adults alike who enjoy boogie boarding and body surfing. Nearby beaches with quieter rock pools and lagoons are ideal for children, and exploring the rocks and boulders strewn along the coastline is a wonderfully rewarding activity. Sporting activities in and around the Simon's Town area include swimming, body-boarding, surfing, windsurfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, big game and shore fishing, yachting at the Simon's Town yacht club, golf, squash and bowls at the Simon's Town Country Club, birding, boat trips out to sea and cycling.
CLIMATE, HISTORY AND PLACES OF INTEREST
The Cape is an area which experiences a Mediterranean climate - warm summers and cool winters. The rainy season is during the winter months but often one is fortunate to enjoy clear skies and warm days during the winter season. Simon's Town itself is an historic town which grew up as a result of the naval base which was originally established here. A visit to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront in Cape Town is a must, as well as a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car. A visit to the world renowned Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens should also be on all visitors' lists to Cape Town. The Cape Point Nature reserve is a very popular destination for visitors to Cape Town. Once at Cape Point, one can take the funicular up to the lighthouse and enjoy the glorious view of both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Further afield, one can enjoy a day out in the wine lands, sampling the excellent Cape Wines in the Stellenbosch, Swellendam, Paarl or Franschoek areas.
20 April 2012
Simon's Town is a very friendly little village with a lot to offer!
20 April 2012
Nice town but needs a few upmarket restaurants.
16 April 2012
It's the best place I've been to so far, with beautiful nature, amazing beaches to swim, and kind local people that always greet at you. Not to forget the lovely penguins that cross the roads next to you!
24 March 2012
The most beautiful town in Cape Town.
20 March 2012
Beautifull place. No city feeling - no rush and anything like the cities. Busy town but a lovely place. I will stay there without hessitation. Beautifull town - it's just amazing.
20 March 2012
This is a great, clean town. The people are very friendly. Plus the penguins are beautiful and great to visit.
12 March 2012
A pleasant town with enough restaurants and unusual boutique type shops to spend a couple of days. Lots of souvenir shops dotted around the port area and further down towards the great restaurant Seaview. Lovely little beach but too crowded on New Year's Day! Ocean abit warmer than the other side but still too cold for us to swim! Can't comment about whalewatching as it was not the season.
16 February 2012
The town is like something out of a movie - absolutely lovely.
15 February 2012
Simon's Town over the New Year period is full of other Gauteng visitors like ourselves. We enjoyed the scenery, pity about the roadworks on Main Road in Kalk Bay, and bigger pity about the number of shops that were not open! One would think all would make use of being open when people are about and have money to spend.
07 January 2012
Simon's Town was very enjoyable and a good base from which to tour the whole area. We travelled there in August and had excellent sightings of the whales. It is good for shark diving trips although the water was freezing cold and these trips are very much weather dependent, so take your chances. If you want to dance the night away then Simon's Town is not for you, but if you want a quieter and slower pace of life I would highly recommend it.
06 September 2011
Simon’s Town has enormous appeal. There’s a gorgeous little beach that is home to penguins, great seasonal whale watching, a friendly yacht club and a mini waterfront that serves as the launch site for some amazing ocean adventures. Kayaking in the bay to Boulders Beach and sailing around Seal Island are top of my list.
26 August 2011
Visit the famous 'Just Nuisance' statue and walk down to the harbour for great fish and chips. Take a trip to Seal Island by boat or kayak and you may catch a glimpse of a Great White Shark. Pop off to Seaforth beach for snorkeling, a great spot for beginners. Also visit Boulder’s Beach and waddle next to hundreds of Jackass penguins.
15 August 2011
We found Simon's Town to be a clean and friendly town. The museums and history are enjoyable.
08 August 2011
Simon's Town is a small place to explore, but rich in history and sights to see, not to mention the numerous dining options and shops. Take a visit to one of the naval museums, or grab some fish and chips while watching the yachts come and go in the harbour.
05 August 2011
Ideal for a romantic getaway, family holiday or a relaxed day out. Quaint curio shops, restaurants and view points. A town filled with history and beauty.
02 August 2011
Very relaxed place with a touch of history to it. Nature was kind to us by means of penguins, seals and dolphins. Far too soon in the year for wales.
09 May 2011