Our most recommended things to do in Simon's Town

From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

1. From Cape Town: Cape of Good Hope & Penguins Tour

You’ll be picked up at your Cape Town accommodation in the morning by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury minibus, and taken on an all-inclusive, full-day Cape Peninsula tour. Drive along the scenic coastal route with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, and see what makes this coastline so special. Pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, and Llandudno beaches along Chapman's Peak drive and enjoy a photo stop at Maiden's Cove. In Hout Bay, you’ll have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island to get a closer look at the seal population (not included in the tour price). After exploring the harbor in Hout Bay, your tour continues on to Noordhoek village for an optional stop to try the best coffee roasted this side of the Cape (cost not included). The next stop is at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point, where you'll explore the reserve, see the Dias Beacon, and also where the two currents meet. You can hike up to the top to see the Cape Point Lighthouse or take the Funicular (cost not included). From Cape Point, you’ll continue on toward Boulders Beach and stop to see the penguin colony. Enjoy the scenic Boyes Drive and see Kalk Bay and Muizenburg. The return route to Cape Town will be via the Old Cape Road, ending the day with a drop-off at your accommodation.

Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

2. Cape Town: Table Mountain, Penguins & Cape Point Shared Tour

Start your full-day tour at the Bo Kaap (Cape Malay Quarters) with its colorful houses, before heading to the Table Mountain cable car station. Take the cable car to the top for unforgettable views. Drive along the Atlantic coast, stopping at Maiden's Cove for photos with the backdrop of the 12 Apostles mountain range. Enjoy the views from Chapman's Peak Drive, one of the world's most scenic routes. Visit Boulders Penguins Colony in Simon Town before reaching the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Enjoy a guided tour at this very popular landmark. Travel to Cape Point, where you can hike to the top of the lighthouse or take the Flying Dutchman funicular to the top.

From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

3. From Cape Town: Cape Point and Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope on this guided day trip from Cape Town. Marvel at the beauty of nature as you stop at Boulders Beach to spot whales, ostrich, and other animals it shelters. The full-day tour leaves Cape Town in the morning for the spectacular landscapes of the Cape Peninsula. Enjoy a scenic drive to Boulders Beach through Muizenberg and Fish Hoek. Stop to see the penguins at Boulders Beach before heading to Cape Point, in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve. Be on the lookout for antelope, ostrich and other game. Scan the ocean for whales during the Cape's whale season (July-November). Enjoy lunch (at your own expense) before joining the optional hike from Cape Point to the Cape of Good Hope headland (medium fitness required). Sit back and enjoy the coastal drive back to Cape Town, taking in spectacular views from the Ou Kaapse Weg mountain pass.

Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half Day Shared Tour

4. Cape Town: Penguins & Cape of Good Hope Half Day Shared Tour

Soon after pick up we will drive along the M5 and connect with the M4 via Muizenberg, St. James and Fish Hoek beaches located along the scenic False Bay coastline on our way to Boulder's Beach Penguins Colony. Passing through Muizenberg beach we will see the stretch of attractive colourful beach huts in the distance. Your tour guide will stop at St. James Beach for a few minutes to allow for some fun-filled photos with the colourful beach huts. We drive past Kalk Bay, Fish Hoek and Simon's Town beaches. We will stop at Boulder's Beach to visit the African Penguins colony and take a walk along the boardwalk to the official penguins colony location to see the penguins in their natural habitat. Boulder's penguins colony is home to approximately 3000 African Penguins who spend their days frolicking in the False Bay waters and parading on the granite Boulders. Our tour culminates with the highlight of the day: The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point Nature Reserve. Take your photo behind the Cape of Good Hope name board and explore the nature reserve whilst the tour guide shares stories about the Bartholomew Dias and Vasco Da Gama beacons. See many a fauna and flora such as fynbos (fine bush), over 250 species of birds including ostriches, as well as buck, baboons and the Cape mountain zebra. Our return route is via the scenic coastal Old Cape Road back to Cape Town. Upon our arrival back in Cape Town visitors will be dropped off at the same pick up point where they were collected in the morning.

From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

5. From Cape Town: Cape Point & Boulders Beach Full-Day Tour

Discover the stunning beauty of the Cape of Good Hope on a full-day tour in an airconditioned vehicle from Cape Town. See the Seals at Hout Bay Harbour. Visit Maidens Cove and the Cape Point Lighthouse for breathtaking views. Stop to see the African Penguin at Boulders Beach and enjoy a lunch and walk in Simons Town. Be picked up from your hotel in Cape Town and relax on the comfortable drive to the first stop at Maidens Cove. Soak up views of Camps Bay Beach, the 12 Apostles Mountain Range, and Lion's Head.  Continue along Victoria Road, passing exclusive residential areas to Hout Bay Harbour. On the way to Chapman's Peak Drive for 2 photo stops. Upon arrival at the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, your guide will provide an overview of the park. Purchase a ticket for the funicular to the Cape Point Lighthouse or take a 15-minute walk up that passes a spectacular viewpoint. Head to the Boulders Beach Penguin Colony to see and learn about sea birds.  Make a lunch stop at Simon's Town harbor where you can buy some tasty local food and admire the 18th-century buildings. On the drive back to the hotel, stop to see shark spotters, who help prevent sharks attacks at Muizenberg Beach. 

Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

6. Cape Town: Shark Cage Dive

This half-day tour, just outside Cape Town, allows you to see a variety of shark species throughout the year according to the seasons, weather, water temperature, and other factors. Venture to Seal Island or Cape Point to see seven-gill cow sharks, mako sharks, blue sharks, and great white sharks. The location for the day will be determined by the best shark activity and sea conditions and will be confirmed with you the day before your trip. A small group of guests onboard allows for better viewing opportunities and a longer cage dive. The cage accommodates four guests comfortably and is fixed to the boat just above the surface of the water.

From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

7. From Cape Town: Cape Peninsula & Boulders Penguin Beach Tour

First, make a quick stop in the heart of Cape Town city center to discover the colorful community known as Bo-kaap. Then, head straight for the coastline. Pass by affluent suburbs with some of the best beaches near the city, stopping for photos at Camps Bay. Proceed on towards Hout Bay seated in between gigantic mountains and the Atlantic.  Enjoy an optional scenic 40-minute round-trip boat ride to Seal Island. Resume your tour via the world-famous Chapman's Peak Drive. Marvel at this road engineering feat as you wind over the edge of the mountains; this scenic drive is not for the faint-hearted. Next, arrive at the Cape of Goodhope Nature Reserve just after midday. Discover the rich plant life of the Cape, early human history, maritime history and if you are lucky you might be able to have a mini safari.  Reach the southwesternmost point of the continent - the Cape of Good Hope - and take a photo with the sign. Hiking is recommended but no swimming because of sheer riptides. Carry on to Cape Point and walk for 20 minutes one way up to a historic lighthouse. You could also take a funicular at your own account if you are not in the mood for walking. Feel free to stop for lunch at the world-class seafood restaurant with a sea view or grab a quick bite in the food shop next door. Next, embark on a journey to Simon's Town for a special date with the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach. Spend about 45 minutes at the penguin colony before you head back to Cape Town along the coastline. Pass through the quaint towns on this historically known Millionaire's Mile. Hear fun facts about the navy and Just Nuisance - the only dog in the world to have been an able seaman. Finally, discover Kalk Bay and Muizenberg Beach, the surfer's corner before returning to the starting point.

Cape Town: Seal Island, Cape of Good Hope& Penguins Private

8. Cape Town: Seal Island, Cape of Good Hope& Penguins Private

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product. Drive Pass by Sea Point Western Cape , Bantry Bay nestled at the foothills of the Lion's head mountain is an affluent suburb very well known for its wind free status, Pass By: Clifton, Clifton which is a prestigious neighborhood in Cape Town with expensive real estate, The four Clifton beaches that are naturally divided into 4 by granite boulders ■Stop At: Camp's Bay Beach, at Maiden's Cove for Instagram and Facebook photographs with magnificent views of the Twelve Apostles at the backdrop. Camps Bay Beach combined with the views of Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the beautiful suburbs of Clifton, Camps Bay etc. Duration: 10 minutes From Camp's Bay, known as the Beverly Hills of Cape Town, Famous for being one the most photogenic cites in the world. Enjoy the majestic sunset, the perfect destination for Sundowners. a town known for it's thriving fishing community with a lovely fishing factory . ■Stop At: Seal Island. Travelers will stop at Hout Bay harbour whereby you may hop an optional ferry ride and embark on a 45 minute scenic journey to an Island inhabited by more than 5 thousand Cape fur seals. You will see the seals from the land if you are not comfortable to take the ferry ride you may spend some time exploring the craft market for the duration of the ferry ride. Duration: 45 minutes ■Stop At: Chapman's Peak Drive a Mountain side road locally known as chappies. Chapman's peak is an engineering masterpiece that meanders for 10km along the giant Chapman's peak mountains that seems to drop into the ocean like an avalanche. Travelers will have the opportunity stop at the viewing point for photographs, enjoy the views of the Ocean, lovely Cliffs Edge and spectacular landscape. Duration: 15 minutes ■Stop At: Noordhoek Farm Village, with the breathtaking views of Noordhoek and Travelers will have the option to enjoy some of the best coffee brewed in Cape Town at the Village Roast for their own account. Duration: 25 minutes ■Stop at Ostrich farm to see the largest bird in planet. For 10 minutes Cape Point Nature Reserve is home to the most south western corner of Africa (Cape of good hope). Rich fauna and flora makes this place a biodiversity hotspot. ■Stop At: Old Cape Point lighthouse. Walk or take an Optional funicular (at own cost) up to Oldest Lighthouse for a 360 degree view of the national park. Duration: 1 hour. ■Cape of Good the most south western point of Africa continent. Where meets the warm Agulhas current of the Indian Ocean. Photographs on the sign board. ■Stop At : Boulders beach Penguin Colony , you will be escort to the viewing point to see the African Penguins at close range. Duration: 45 minutes. ■Stop in Simon's town for Lunch for 1 hour ■ Stop at Muizenberg where travelers will see the colorful beach huts from the top of the mountain the beach, huts used as changing rooms for 10 minutes ■ Stop will be at the Bo-Kaap Malay Quarter for 25 minutes.

Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

9. Cape Town: Private Full-Day Cape of Good Hope Tour

Discover the highlights of the Cape Peninsula on a private trip from Cape Town. Be camera-ready as you visit spots like the Cape of Good Hope, Chapman's Peak, Cape Point, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and more. Enjoy optional activities like an ostrich farm visit, wine tasting, and a cruise to Seal Island. Following pickup directly from your address in Cape Town, meet your personal guide for the day. If this is your first time in Cape Town, start with a 30-minute city orientation tour before heading out to explore the Cape Peninsula. Travel along the Atlantic seaboard, driving between the mountains and the ocean, and pass through Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, and Chapman's Peak. Make a photo stop at Maiden's Cove, then stop in Hout Bay where you will have the option of taking a boat to Seal Island. For lunch, you can choose to have fresh seafood at one of the harbor eateries or enjoy a light meal at Noordhoek village, where you can try the best coffee this side of the Cape at Roast Village (food and drink costs not included).   Next, set off for the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the Cape Point Lighthouse, a popular stop for photographs. See the Dias and da Gama monuments and discover local fauna and flora. You may also encounter some baboons and other wildlife.  Enjoy an optional wine tasting of the region’s best Sauvignon Blanc at Cape Point Vineyard or a stop at the Cape Point ostrich farm. Continue to Simon’s Town to see the monument of the Great Dane dog who made his own history in the South African Navy. Visit Boulder's Beach and see the penguin colony. Return to Cape Town and pass through Fish Hoek and Muizenburg via the Old Cape Road. Before drop-off, make an optional stop at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens if time allows.

Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

10. Cape Town: Penguin Watching at Boulders Beach Half Day Tour

The tour departs Cape Town and heads to the first stop of the day, Maidens Cove. From here, admire the stunning views across the Atlantic seaboard as well as marveling at the imposing Twelve Apostles Mountain range. The tour continues along Chapmans Peak Drive, rated one of the best mountain drives in the world. Along the way, stop at a selection of lookouts that provide unspoiled views of Hout Bay Harbour and Noordhoek beach. Arrive at Boulders Beach and learn about the friendly African Jackass Penguins that call the beach their home. Although the penguins roam freely on the beach and are comfortable being near humans, they are protected animals and visitors are not permitted to touch or feed them. Admire the penguins from a designated viewing point, and observe these creatures as they go about their day. Enjoy some free time to relax on the beach, take a swim with the penguins in the refreshing waters, or explore the surrounding landscpaes. The tour ends with a visit to Boyes Drive, a spectacular mountain road overlooking the stunning view of False Bay coast before dropping you back at your hotel (accommodation).

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This is the best thing happened to me so far here, the tour was full of activities and information. And a special thanks to the best tour guide ever “Ruben”. Thanks Ruben for the very informative tour, u have a looooot of information, always smiling and very helpful. Guys this is really worth every penny! Cheers

We had a fantastic trip with our guide Armand. He was a fantastic tour guide - very knowledgeable and we learnt so many interesting facts about everywhere we visited. The tour was great, seeing the penguins, cape point and the stunning Chapman’s Peak view. Thanks Armand!

Absolutely amazing trip, seen so many different things that South Africa is famous for and James our tour guide was the best!

Jean luc was our tour guide and he was great. Lots of knowledge and the route was beautiful

A well organised tour with a very good guide. A excellent trip