Cape Point Tours, Simon's Town in the Southern suburbs of Cape Town.
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As we reach the latter half of our Cape Point Tours, we enter the town of Simons Town, the Cape Town based naval headquarters of South Africa.
Simons Town is the home and headquarters of the South African Navy. It can be found on the shoreline of False Bay as we head back to Cape Town from our Cape Point Tours, on the east side of the Peninsula.
For more than two hundred years it has been playing an integral role in naval operations. It first belonged to The British Royal Navy, and after South Africa became a republic in the 60's, it became home to the South African navy. Simon van der Stel, the same person who founded Stellenbosch, has been honoured by giving his name to this town. He was the first governor of Cape Town after Jan van Riebeeck retired.
Our Cape Point Tours do not stop in the hub of Simons Town for very long, apart from the stop to view the penguins. We simply drive through the main road of this town as we point out the most important sights.Keep an eye out for the statue of a dog! Let your guide tell you the wonderful true story of 'Just Nuisance' on our tours - a dog who became an official member of The navy.
Simons Town is officially part of the city of Cape Town in the southern suburbs. The Simons Town Train station forms part of the Cape Town South Line and many travellers do their own Cape Point tours via train.Simons Town is also where we meet the penguins. Read more about the penguins and this part of our Cape Point Tours in the penguins section.
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