What to do in & around Simon’s Town

Designed in sophisticated seaside-style on the water’s edge and boasting picturesque views of False Bay, the Simon’s Town Yacht Basin or the Simon’s Kloof mountains, guests at aha Quayside hotel are assured of a Simon’s Town experience like no other.

For holiday travellers, the best time to visit aha Quayside is anytime between June and November when the chances of spotting breaching whales are greater than usual. However, any time of the year, there are a plethora of activities and attractions surrounding aha Quayside for a holiday of a lifetime.


Take a leisurely 18-minute stroll from the Hotel to Boulders Beach to view Africa’s biggest penguin colony. A mere 40 minutes drive from Cape Town’s city centre, make this beach your first stop en route to any of the other 18 stunning swimming beaches. Be sure to take a boat cruise!


The False Bay Coast is ideal for sailing, surfing and kiteboarding, while Boulders Beach offers adventure activities ranging from kayaking and whale-spotting tours to Great White shark cage diving and scuba diving at the shipwrecks. For a day of fishing, choose between a deep sea charter and Kalk Bay’s harbour wall.


Golf lovers can treat themselves to a variety of breathtaking courses in close proximity of the Hotel – with Simon’s Town Country Club being one of South Africa’s oldest. If you’re not an avid player or simply prefer to take the scenic route, keep yourself entertained with relaxing boat cruise trips to Seal Island and Cape Point.


Enjoy a stroll along Simon’s Town Historic Mile or take an energetic walk in the surrounding Simon’s Kloof Mountains. To appreciate the Cape Fynbos, make a stop at Silver Mine Nature Reserve or the famous Cape Point Nature Reserve. The wetlands of Noordhoek are also an easy-to-access must-do on horseback!


Treat the little ones to a fun day at Mineral World or “Scratch Patch” where they can play in the pools of semi-precious gemstones to take home as souvenirs. Additional outings to Imhoff Farm for a camel ride and the snake park and the World of Birds in Hout Bay are sure to entertain and educate both young and old.

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