Quintessential navy village, centred on the activities of those who are members of the South African Navy and other nautical enthusiasts alike, Simons Town is situated along the stretch of coast between Cape Town and the world-renowned Cape Point Nature Reserve, on the shores of False Bay, and neighbours the little towns of Fishhoek and Kalk Bay, which are contiguous with the Mother City of Cape Town.
The charm of Simons Town lies in its history, which permeates the architecture, monuments and famous tales of yesteryear that have been handed down from one generation to the next. False Bay became the favoured spot for ships to arrive as Table Bay was subject to violent winds, causing many shipwrecks. Simon van der Stel selected this part of the coast to anchor, sheltered from the powerful gales. However, because it is quite some distance from Cape Town (certainly back then), it remained a fairly quiet bay, with most seamen risking the more convenient Table Bay. Read More »