The recent Simon’s Town Cave Golf layout is longer and more spacious than its popular V&A sister-course.
This highly-rated, fun and challenging 18-hole course meanders downwards from the back of the Scratch Patch and through a series of underground areas that feature rock walls, some highly imaginative cave and mine obstacles and ancient relics, an underground waterfall, and fabulous mineral displays that are imbedded in the surrounding rock just as they were originally discovered. There’s even a section that is lit only by UV light, and each hole has been thoughtfully designed and constructed, and carefully finished to a very high standard. And people of all ages love it!
The original, and now world-famous, Scratch Patch was started in Simon’s Town in 1970. It has since been “copied” in other parts of the world!
It is a place where you can have loads of fun “scratching” for your favourite tumble-polished gemstones from thousands of polished stones that quite literally cover the floor.
There are a wide variety of tumble-polished gemstones in the Scratch Patch, mostly popular Southern African stones such as Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates and Crystals. If you’re lucky, you might find virtually anything including Lapis Lazuli, Blue Lace Agate and some really exotic stones!
Found on the southern side of the False Bay coastline, some 5km outside of Simon’s Town is Miller’s Point, which is divided into two sections. The first leads to a caravan site and The Black Marlin Seafood Restaurant, and the second section takes you to Rumbly Bay, where you will find one of two nearby boat-launch sites and, wedged between, this secluded tidal pool. Caution is advised, as there are crafty baboons in the area, so please lock your cars carefully and don’t approach or feed these sneaky rascals.
Unless you know it’s there (quite a few locals do), you could miss it.
It offers incredible views across the rocky bay, a fun water slide and some natural rock pools (ideal for kiddies to paddle in), change rooms, grassy picnic and braai spots. (No dogs allowed.)
It’s also a great area for kayaking, snorkelling, surf skis and scuba-diving, with popular dive sites (Partridge Point, Castle Rock and Smitswinkel) nearby.
There’s a cost to launch a boat, and a separate entry fee is charged on weekends and during peak holiday season.
Take our guided tour on our very stable double kayaks and paddle the warm waters of False Bay and we will show you some wonderful things on our visit to the penguins at Boulders Beach. No experience is required and reasonably fit, able-bodied people can do it. Trips take place every day of the year, weather permitting – summer and winter.
Don’t discount winter as April to September season is often even better for paddling because there are generally more calm and windless days than in summer, and on those days it is absolutely beautiful. And in winter there is always a chance of seeing whales.
One of the most unique places in the world and the best way to see it is from the water. We meet at the town jetty in Simon’s Town for an introduction to paddling and a safety briefing. We then paddle out past the civilian and Naval Harbours where you get a bonus close up view of our naval vessels and then to the penguins. On the way we will normally encounter a number of seals. If the time and tide is right we may stop on a beach for a swimming break, or else we swim from the kayaks and get a close up look at penguins nearby.
The double kayaks are very stable and perfect for those with no paddling experience. Children 8 years old and up are welcome provided they are able to paddle. This is a trip every able bodied individual can and should do. The daily scheduled trip leaves at 8.30am in the summer season (9.00am winter season) when it is usually less windy and penguin sightings are improved. In peak summer season we also have an 11am trip.
For groups of four or more people, they can arrange your own afternoon starting time (if necessary).
Boulders Beach, just outside Cape Town, has so much going for it you will be blown away by the beauty of the small hidden attraction. The ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, which makes it an ideal swimming spot for children. Because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area, the beach is always clean and safe, and it is rarely crowded. This comes at the cost of a small price, but who wouldn’t be willing to part ways with R65 for a day in this paradise?
At the beautiful Boulders Beach, you can get to know our most famous (and arguably our cutest) birds, The African penguin. You just can’t resist these waddling wonderful birds, but that’s a good thing because they need your attention.
South Africa’s penguins are under threat from the loss of habitat, declining fish and their ever-encroaching human neighbours. But not to worry, by making a visit to see these unique locals you are helping them. Every year, over 60 000 visitors flock to Simon’s Town to photograph and watch the famous Boulders Beach penguins. This leads to more money to help boost our penguin conservation efforts through South African National Parks (SANParks).
Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated.
African penguins used to be known as Jackass penguins, due to their distinctive braying, and are the only penguins found on the continent. Although they breed in colonies stretching from southern Namibia to Port Elizabeth, the story of how they came to call Boulders Beach their home is one of remarkable urban colonisation.