Winter Anchorage in Simon’s Town

Over 200 years ago the Dutch settlers found that the bay made an excellent winter anchorage that provided shelter from the devastating North West winds that grounded ships in Table Bay.


The Dutch settlers named the new found settlement after the first governor of the Cape Colony, Simon van der Stel.

When the British took over the Cape in the early 19th century they established a Naval base and since then the town has maintained a strong linked to sea and has a distinctive nautical feel about it. Just Nuisance, the only dog to be enlisted into the Royal Navy is one of Simon’s Town’s more colourful stories and he is honoured with a statue in main town square.

If you are are interested to see more about the rich history of Simons Town, we can highly recommend the Simon’s Town Museum and the Simon’s Town Naval Museum


Just as Simon’s Town offered the early settlers shelter during the cold winter months in years gone by, so does it offer local and overseas travellers a wealth of activities today.

SUP Simon’s Town

Learn to Stand Up Paddle in the calm waters of Simon’s Town bay, ideal for beginners to find their feet and practise their technique. The bay is a visual delight with an ever changing vista of seals and penguins at play.   View Overnight Winter Special

Sea Kayaking with Penguins

Sea Kayak the warm waters of False Bay and view Penguins at Boulders Beach or the sheer cliffs at Cape Point from the water! No experience is necessary to enjoy sea kayaking to the penguins.

Shark Cage Diving

Highly personalized shark eco-tours gives you the opportunity of witnessing one of natures greatest spectacles, a breaching Great white shark. Tours include cage diving and surface viewing. Departing from Simons Town. February – September.

Scuba Diving

Pisces Divers is centrally located for diving the False Bay coastline from Simon’s Town. Our team is always ready to take guests on a journey to explore kelp forests, meet sevengill cowsharks and play with cape fur seals.

Whale Watching

Simons’ Town land based viewing of Southern Right Whales (also Humpbacks and Bryde’s whales) from June – November, or you can get up close and personal on a whale watching boat trip.

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town has become famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins. Elevated boardwalks to Foxy Beach provide excellent viewing opportunities for penguins and whales. Giant granite boulders protect the beach area – perfect for safe swimming and one of the best family beaches in the world.

Scratch Patch and Mineral World

Take a fascinating tour through a gemstone tumbling factory, scratch for your own gem stones at the  scratch patch (a family favourite) and browse through the unusual jewellery and gift shop.


This small and tasteful centre boasts an interesting variety of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a hotel with conference facilities. Art galleries, book shops, antique shops, curio shops, craftwork and clothing are also found in and around Simons’ Town.

Eating Out

Simon’s Town offers a number of restaurants and eateries that should , we’ve picked out a few of our favourites

Bertha’s Restaurant
Black Marlin
Cafe Pescado
Boulders Beach Lodge and Restaurant


Accommodation in Simon’s Town is plentiful with a choice that suits everyone’s needs.

Bed & Breakfasts
Guest Houses
Self Catering

Simon’s Town Winter Specials

Explore the coastline of Simon’s Town on a Kayak or a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Board where the kelp forests come alive with colourful sea creatures including seals and penguins.  After your Aqua Action Adventure, check into your hotel for dinner and overnight overlooking Simon’s Town Waterfront!  View Details

Enquire Now

Please complete the below form to book your Simons Town Winter Getaway or call us on 021 789 0093 or email

You may like more Winter Getaways…


This entry was posted in Accommodation, Attraction. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.