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Places and things of interest in Simon's Town
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Named after Simon van der Stel - his recommendation at the time was that the Dutch East India Company use the town as a winter anchorage as it offers more shelter than Table Bay. In 1814 the Royal Navy took over Simon's Town and used it as their South Atlantic Station until the base was handed over to the South African Navy in 1957.

PLACES OF INTEREST:

FOXY BEACH & BOULDERS
One of the only two mainland breeding colonies of African Penguins -previously known as Jackass Penguins (because of the sound they make) 4,000+ penguins at Boulders Beach - Breeding season starts in February. They are monogamous with lifelong partners. They have very sharp beaks and can cause serious injury.

SIMON'S TOWN HISTORICAL MILE
A map and detailed information is available at the info office, St Georges Street, Jubilee square.

CHURCH OF ST FRANCIS
The oldest existing Anglican church in South Africa.

SIMONS TOWN MUSEUM
Depicts the cultural history of Simon's Town. Tel: (021) 7863046.

IBEKA
Built in 1816 as a residence and used as an isolation hospital for smallpox in 1840.

JUBILEE SQUARE
Pride of place is given to a sculpture of Able Seaman Just Nuisance, erected by public subscription in remembrance of the Great Dane who befriended and assisted naval ratings during World War II.

WARRIOR TOY MUSEUM
Permanent and unique collection of toy cars and trains, dolls and lead soldiers. Tel:(021) 786 1395

S.A. NAVAL WAR MEMORIAL
The first battery with an AA gun - his one called Skinny Liz.

ROMAN ROCK LIGHTHOUSE
The third oldest lighthouse in the country and the only one situated on a rock. It was commissioned in 1861.

HERITAGE MUSEUM
Depicts the history and forced removal of the Islamic Residents of Simon's Town. Tel:(021) 786 2302

SIMON'S TOWN WATERFRONT
Quayside Centre - This small and tasteful centre boasts a wide variety of shops and a hotel with conference facilities.

MILLERS POINT
A coastal recreational area with a tidal pool. The gate closes at 20hOO. Tel: (021) 786 1142

SOUTH AFRICAN NAVAL MUSEUM
Houses a Submarine Diaorama. Entrance Free. Tel: (021) 787 4635. At the start of the main road at the Navy Gates.

SCRATCH PATCH
Mineral World Biggest Gemstone factory in the world. On the right hand side as you enter S/T approx 500 m before train station.

CAPE POINT Cape Peninsula National Park

Rich, diverse fynbos vegetation.
Walks, Hiking trails and picnic sites.
Game, bird and whale watching.
Historical Monuments and buildings - Bartolomeo Dias etc.
Shipwrecks
Viewing site from the old lighthouse
Flying Dutchman Funicular
Most westerly point of Africa.
Cape Point Lighthouse
Plenty of Baboons!!!

Situated at the junction of two earth's most contrasting water masses the cold Benguela current on the West Coast and the warm waters of the False Bay on the East Coast, the Cape of Good Hope is popularly perceived as the meeting point of the Atlantic and the Indian oceans. Geographically, however, the Indian ocean joins the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Agulhas

Proclaimed the area a nature reserve in 1938. Incorporated in the Cape Peninsula National Parks in 1998. It encompasses 7 750 hectares of rich and varied flora and fauna. 40 kilometers of coastline.


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