Most major conurbations in the world has a hinterland, valley or coast nearby, for which its residents can seek escape from modern urbane life. For the people of Cape Town, it is the coast down south or getting into north-west into vineyards and more rural greenery.
I had the privilege of discovering Simon Town's two months ago, a delightful enclave with a calm sky blue bay and several interesting activities to dwell in - lunching, strolling on board walks, immersing in the village atmosphere and checking out tourist moments. False Bay provides pretty vistas and views, the Table Mountain National Park rises behind and the place says lifestyle through and through. Houses nestle up on the hills and the hint of coming warm months expressed itself in clear blue skies.
|SAN run on the way to Simon's Town.|
|Just Nuisance but what a mate!|
|Calm bay on the way to the African penguin colony at Boulder Beach.|
Simon's Town also currently hosts the largest South African Naval (SAN) Base. Our coach passed by a group of sailors having their daily run along the coast, with some heftily built guys of both African and European backgrounds. Starting as a modest dock yard established by the Dutch East India Company in 1743, the site houses training facilities for frigates and battleships, besides having all combat units. The other large SAN base is at Durban on the Republic's Indian Ocean coast. The base was handed over by the British Royal Navy to South Africa through eh Simonstown Agreement signed in 1955.
Before lunch time, beside a placid harbour.
|A person who takes initiative and pride in doing business.|
Simon's Town has a Museum which was set up in 1977, by a group of volunteers calling themselves, interestingly, the MOTHs (the Memorable Order of Tin Hats). It is housed in heritage building called the Residency and was used as a winter residence of former Governors of the Dutch East India Company. The Museum clovers the periods from the Dutch East India Company, through the First and Second British Occupations and onwards to the Apartheid Era.
|Euro architecture, a relaxing outlook and with a mountain hovering over the town.|
|The Dutch influence in design of dwellings ( above and below) in the historical centre of Simon's Town.|
Simon's Town is also open the world yacht cruising map. The nearby False Bay Marina has 220 berths. Cafes and restaurants to consider trying include the Saveur Restaurant, The Black Marlin, Bertha's, Salty Sea Dog's Cafe and the Boulder's Beach Restaurant. Eco tours for shark enthusiasts like at Smitswinkel Bay nearer Cape Point are also available.
|Carvings, colour and captivation.|
|Ostrich eggs are polished and painted as attractive souvenirs.|