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'''Simon's Town''' (often incorrectly spelt as "Simonstown") is located at the east side ([[False Bay]] side) of the [[Cape Peninsula]] near [[Cape Town]], [[South Africa]] and is home to the South African Navy.
 
'''Simon's Town''' (often incorrectly spelt as "Simonstown") is located at the east side ([[False Bay]] side) of the [[Cape Peninsula]] near [[Cape Town]], [[South Africa]] and is home to the South African Navy.
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===By train===
 
===By train===
There is a regular [http://www.capemetrorail.co.za MetroRail] service from Simon's Town to [[Cape Town]] via [[Fish Hoek]], [[Kalk Bay]], [[Muizenberg]], Wynberg and Claremont. Be sure to buy a first-class (metro plus) ticket ; these are not expensive. Although safety on trains has been an issue in the past, in recent times MetroRail has put a lot of effort into improving the situation and now the Cape Town-Simon's Town line is considered totally safe and reliable. The journey from [[Cape Town]] takes just over an hour.
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There is a regular MetroRail[http://www.capemetrorail.co.za] service from Simon's Town to [[Cape Town]] via [[Fish Hoek]], [[Kalk Bay]], [[Muizenberg]], Wynberg and Claremont. Be sure to buy a first-class (metro plus) ticket ; these are not expensive. Although safety on trains has been an issue in the past, in recent times MetroRail has put a lot of effort into improving the situation and now the Cape Town-Simon's Town line is considered totally safe and reliable. The journey from [[Cape Town]] takes just over an hour.
  
A good option is to buy MetroRail's special "hop on, hop off" tourist ticket. This allows you unlimited travel between Simon's Town and [[Cape Town]] for an entire day ; you can get off and on at any station. The cost is a very reasonable R25 (about $3-50 US).
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A good option is to buy MetroRail's special "hop on, hop off" tourist ticket. This allows you unlimited travel between Simon's Town and [[Cape Town]] for an entire day; you can get off and on at any station. The cost is a very reasonable R30.
  
The train station is at the north end of Simon's Town, about a 10 minute walk to the centre of Simon's Town. Alternatively you can grab a ride on the back of a [http://www.simonstown.com/listings/rikki-pop.htm Rikki Taxi] (see "Getting Around" below).
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The train station is at the north end of Simon's Town, about a 10 minute walk to the centre of Simon's Town. Alternatively you can grab a ride on the back of a Rikki Taxi[http://www.simonstown.com/listings/rikki-pop.htm] (see "Getting Around" below).
  
 
===By plane===
 
===By plane===
The nearest airport is that of [[Cape Town]], a good hour's drive away. You can also go on a trip with [http://www.civair.co.za Civair] from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town along the [[Cape Peninsula]].
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The nearest airport is that of [[Cape Town]], a good hour's drive away. You can also go on a trip with Civair[http://www.civair.co.za] from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town along the [[Cape Peninsula]].
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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If you really don't feel like walking you can take a "Rikki" taxi.  A "Rikki" is a small minibus which usually runs from the train station to [[Boulders]] Beach (and beyond if requested).  Unlike other minibus taxies, Rikki's do not hoot their horn constantly so you must keep an eye out for them.  Their vehicles are unique in that they are obviously a minibus but much smaller in size and painted white (often with an advertisement on the back) and often flash their lights.  Also, unlike most other minibus taxis, Rikki's are driven safely and considered safe for tourists.  
 
If you really don't feel like walking you can take a "Rikki" taxi.  A "Rikki" is a small minibus which usually runs from the train station to [[Boulders]] Beach (and beyond if requested).  Unlike other minibus taxies, Rikki's do not hoot their horn constantly so you must keep an eye out for them.  Their vehicles are unique in that they are obviously a minibus but much smaller in size and painted white (often with an advertisement on the back) and often flash their lights.  Also, unlike most other minibus taxis, Rikki's are driven safely and considered safe for tourists.  
  
A Rikki taxi meets every train that arrives at Simon's Town station. It costs R3-00 (about 50 cents US) to go from the station to central Simon's Town and R5-50 (less than $1 US) to go to Boulders Beach.  
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A Rikki taxi meets every train that arrives at Simon's Town station. It costs R3.00 to go from the station to central Simon's Town and R5.50 to go to Boulders Beach.  
  
[http://www.gabs.co.za Golden Arrow] buses travel between [[Fish Hoek]] and Simon's Town, going as far as [[Boulders]] Beach, Murdoch Valley, Rocklands and Seaforth.
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Golden Arrow[http://www.gabs.co.za] buses travel between [[Fish Hoek]] and Simon's Town, going as far as [[Boulders]] Beach, Murdoch Valley, Rocklands and Seaforth.
  
* <listing name="Rikki's Taxis" phone="+27 21 786 2136 or +27 72 387 4366 (mobile)" email="dhurwitz@iafrica.com" url="http://www.simonstown.com/listings/rikki-pop.htm"></listing>
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* <listing name="Rikki's Taxis" phone="+27 (0)21 786-2136 or +27 (0)72 387-4366 (mobile)" email="dhurwitz@iafrica.com" url="http://www.simonstown.com/listings/rikki-pop.htm"></listing>
  
* <listing name="Golden Arrow Buses" phone="+27 80 065 6463" email="information@gabs.co.za" url="http://www.gabs.co.za"></listing>
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* <listing name="Golden Arrow Buses" phone="+27 (0)80 065-6463" email="information@gabs.co.za" url="http://www.gabs.co.za"></listing>
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
 
[[image:South_Africa-Boulders_Beach-Penguins02.jpg|thumb|The [[Boulders]] Beach penguin colony is close by.]]
 
[[image:South_Africa-Boulders_Beach-Penguins02.jpg|thumb|The [[Boulders]] Beach penguin colony is close by.]]
 
* The penguin beach of [[Boulders]] is just outside Simon's Town.
 
* The penguin beach of [[Boulders]] is just outside Simon's Town.
* Bronze statue of Just Nuisance (''a Great Dane and the only dog ever to be inlisted in the Royal Navy'') in Jubilee Square
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* Bronze statue of Just Nuisance (''a Great Dane and the only dog ever to be enlisted officially in the Royal Navy'') in Jubilee Square
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
Stop in Simon's Town and stroll around the harbour and the little shops along the main road. Then have something to eat, before you leave for [[Boulders]], just outside the town (in the south).
 
Stop in Simon's Town and stroll around the harbour and the little shops along the main road. Then have something to eat, before you leave for [[Boulders]], just outside the town (in the south).
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*<do name="Sea Kayak Trips" alt="" address="Town Jetty" directions="" phone="+27 (0)82 501-8930" url="http://www.kayakcapetown.co.za" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Take a sea kayak trip to the Penguin colony.</do>
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Bertha's" address="1 Wharf Road, Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 2138">In the Simon's Town waterfront, overlooking the harbour.</eat>
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* <eat name="Bertha's" address="Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront" phone="+27 (0)21 786-2138">Right on the water's edge overlooking the harbour.</eat>
* <eat name="Cafe Pescado"></eat>
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* <eat name="Cafe Pescado" address="118 St George's Street" phone="+27 (0)21 786-2272"></eat>
 
* <eat name="Cape Point Chinese"></eat>
 
* <eat name="Cape Point Chinese"></eat>
* <eat name="The Meeting Place" address="98 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 1986">Excellent food, with great views north over False Bay.</eat>
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* <eat name="Harbour View" address="Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront"></eat>
* <eat name="Salty Sea Dog" address="Wharf Road, Simon's Town">Fish and chips fresh from the sea.</eat>
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* <eat name="Just Sushi" address="Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront">Best Sushi in Cape Town.</eat>
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* <eat name="Quarterdeck" address="Jubilee Square, off St George's Street" phone="+27 (0)21 786-3825"></eat>
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* <eat name="Salty Sea Dog" address="Wharf Road" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1918">Fish and chips fresh from the sea.</eat>
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* <eat name="The Captain's Table" address="88 St George's Street"></eat>
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* <eat name="The Meeting Place" address="98 St George's Street" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1986">Excellent (but expensive) food, with great views north over False Bay. There is a restaurant/cocktail bar upstairs and a deli/coffee shop downstairs.</eat>
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* <eat name="The Sweetest Thing" address="82 St George's Street" phone="+27 (0)21 786-4200">Coffee shop with fantastic cakes and pastries.</eat>
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* <eat name="Tibetan Tea House" address="Corner of Harington & St George's Streets" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1544">Restaurant and art gallery, with Tibetan food.</eat>
  
 
==Drink==
 
==Drink==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
  
* <sleep name="Boulders Beach Lodge" address="4 Boulders Place, Bellevue Road, Boulders, Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 1758" email="boulders@iafrica.com" fax="+27 21 786 1825" url="http://www.bouldersbeach.co.za" price="From R395 per person">Situated above the world-famous Boulders Beach. Self-catering units also available.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Boulders Beach Lodge" address="4 Boulders Place, Bellevue Road, Boulders" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1758" email="boulders@iafrica.com" fax="+27 (0)21 786-1825" url="http://www.bouldersbeach.co.za" price="From R395 per person">Situated above the world-famous Boulders Beach. Self-catering units also available.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="British Hotel Apartments" address="90 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 2214" url="http://www.britishhotelapartments.co.za">Fully equipped self-catering apartments in the centre of Simon's Town.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="British Hotel Apartments" address="90 St George's Street (Main Road)" phone="+27 (0)21 786-2214" url="http://www.britishhotelapartments.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Fully equipped self-catering apartments in the centre of Simon's Town.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Central Hotel" address="96 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 3775" email="centralhotel@intekom.co.za">Ideally situated in the centre of Simon's Town.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Central Hotel" address="96 St George's Street (Main Road)" phone="+27 (0)21 786-3775" email="centralhotel@intekom.co.za" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Ideally situated in the centre of Simon's Town.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Lord Nelson Inn" address="58 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 3761" email="lordNelsonHotel@yahoo.com" url="http://www.simonstown.com/hotels/lordnelson/index.html">Old-fashioned hospitality in a traditional British inn.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Lord Nelson Inn" address="58 St George's Street (Main Road)" phone="+27 (0)21 786-3761" email="lordNelsonHotel@yahoo.com" url="http://www.simonstown.com/hotels/lordnelson/index.html">Old-fashioned hospitality in a traditional British inn.</sleep>  
  
* <sleep name="Quayside Hotel" address="Simon's Town Waterfront, Jubilee Square, Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 3838" fax="+27 21 786 2241" email="info@quayside.co.za" url="http://www.quayside.co.za" price="From R395 per person">Luxury hotel overlooking the harbour and False Bay. Part of the Relais Hotels group.</sleep>  
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*<sleep name="Simonstown Accommodation" alt="" address="29 Penguin Drive, Glen Marine, Simons Town" directions="" phone="+27 827845675" url="http://www.marianella.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Amazing mountain and sea views with secure parking and DSTV.</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="Simon's Town Backpackers" address="66 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 1964" email="capePax@kingsley.co.za" url="http://www.capepax.co.za">An easy 5-minute walk from the train station.</sleep>  
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* <sleep name="Miller's point" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" checkin="" checkout="" price="">Camping</sleep>
  
* <sleep name="TopSail House" address="176 St George's Street (Main Road), Simon's Town" phone="+27 21 786 5537" email="alondon@mweb.co.za" fax="+27 21 786 5537" url="http://www.simonstown.com/accom/topsailhouse/index.html">Budget accommodation in an old convent, which has been converted into a delightful guest lodge.</sleep>
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[[image:Seagetawaypenguins.jpg|thumb|Jackass Penguins near Seagetaway.]]
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* <sleep name="OatLands" alt="" address="Froggy Pond" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1410" url="http://www.OatLands.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Camping</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Quayside Hotel" address="Simon's Town Waterfront, Jubilee Square" phone="+27 (0)21 786-3838" fax="+27 (0)21 786-2241" email="info@quayside.co.za" url="http://www.quayside.co.za" price="From R395 per person">Luxury hotel overlooking the harbour and False Bay. Part of the Relais Hotels group.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="Seagetaway" address="10 Rocklands Rd, Murdock Valley Simon's Town" phone="+27 (0)82 855-3180" email="info@seagetaway.co.za" url="http://www.seagetaway.co.za" price="From R800 for the cottage per night sleeps 5 ">Exclusive Self Catering Cottage. Magnificent sea views. </sleep>
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* <sleep name="Simon's Town Backpackers" alt="" address="66 St George's Street (Main Road)" directions="" phone="+27 (0)21 786-1964" url="http://www.capepax.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="double R 360" lat="" long="" email="capePax@kingsley.co.za">An easy 5-minute walk from the train station.</sleep>
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* <sleep name="TopSail House" address="176 St George's Street (Main Road)" phone="+27 (0)21 786-5537" email="alondon@mweb.co.za" fax="+27 (0)21 786-5537" url="http://www.topsailhouse.co.za/">Budget accommodation in an old convent, which has been converted into a delightful guest lodge.</sleep>
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*<sleep name="Whaleview Manor" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+27(21) 786 3291" url="http://www.whaleviewmanor.co.za" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Stunning guest house with overlooking False Bay. Friendly and caring staff. Mentioned in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.</sleep>
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==
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* Visit [[Cape Town]]
 
* Visit [[Cape Town]]
* Visit the Cape of Good Hope in the [[Table Mountain National Park]]
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* Visit the [[Cape of Good Hope]] in the [[Table Mountain National Park]]
 
* Go to the [[Cape Winelands]] and taste wine at a local wine farm.
 
* Go to the [[Cape Winelands]] and taste wine at a local wine farm.
  

Revision as of 17:59, 29 December 2012

Naval vessel (SAS Drakensberg) in port

Simon's Town (often incorrectly spelt as "Simonstown") is located at the east side (False Bay side) of the Cape Peninsula near Cape Town, South Africa and is home to the South African Navy.

Contents

Get in

By car

Follow the Main Road (M4) south from Cape Town via Fish Hoek to the Cape of Good Hope along the east side of the Cape Peninsula.

By train

There is a regular MetroRail[1] service from Simon's Town to Cape Town via Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, Muizenberg, Wynberg and Claremont. Be sure to buy a first-class (metro plus) ticket ; these are not expensive. Although safety on trains has been an issue in the past, in recent times MetroRail has put a lot of effort into improving the situation and now the Cape Town-Simon's Town line is considered totally safe and reliable. The journey from Cape Town takes just over an hour.

A good option is to buy MetroRail's special "hop on, hop off" tourist ticket. This allows you unlimited travel between Simon's Town and Cape Town for an entire day; you can get off and on at any station. The cost is a very reasonable R30.

The train station is at the north end of Simon's Town, about a 10 minute walk to the centre of Simon's Town. Alternatively you can grab a ride on the back of a Rikki Taxi[2] (see "Getting Around" below).

By plane

The nearest airport is that of Cape Town, a good hour's drive away. You can also go on a trip with Civair[3] from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town along the Cape Peninsula.

Get around

Simon's Town is small enough to get around by foot (it takes less than 30 minutes to walk from one side to the other). From the train station to the centre of town is a 10 or 15 minute walk (turn left as you exit the station).

If you really don't feel like walking you can take a "Rikki" taxi. A "Rikki" is a small minibus which usually runs from the train station to Boulders Beach (and beyond if requested). Unlike other minibus taxies, Rikki's do not hoot their horn constantly so you must keep an eye out for them. Their vehicles are unique in that they are obviously a minibus but much smaller in size and painted white (often with an advertisement on the back) and often flash their lights. Also, unlike most other minibus taxis, Rikki's are driven safely and considered safe for tourists.

A Rikki taxi meets every train that arrives at Simon's Town station. It costs R3.00 to go from the station to central Simon's Town and R5.50 to go to Boulders Beach.

Golden Arrow[4] buses travel between Fish Hoek and Simon's Town, going as far as Boulders Beach, Murdoch Valley, Rocklands and Seaforth.

See

The Boulders Beach penguin colony is close by.
  • The penguin beach of Boulders is just outside Simon's Town.
  • Bronze statue of Just Nuisance (a Great Dane and the only dog ever to be enlisted officially in the Royal Navy) in Jubilee Square

Do

Stop in Simon's Town and stroll around the harbour and the little shops along the main road. Then have something to eat, before you leave for Boulders, just outside the town (in the south).

  • Sea Kayak Trips, Town Jetty, +27 (0)82 501-8930, [7]. Take a sea kayak trip to the Penguin colony.

Buy

Eat

  • Bertha's, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront, +27 (0)21 786-2138. Right on the water's edge overlooking the harbour.
  • Cafe Pescado, 118 St George's Street, +27 (0)21 786-2272.
  • Cape Point Chinese.
  • Harbour View, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront.
  • Just Sushi, Quayside Centre, Simon's Town Waterfront. Best Sushi in Cape Town.
  • Quarterdeck, Jubilee Square, off St George's Street, +27 (0)21 786-3825.
  • Salty Sea Dog, Wharf Road, +27 (0)21 786-1918. Fish and chips fresh from the sea.
  • The Captain's Table, 88 St George's Street.
  • The Meeting Place, 98 St George's Street, +27 (0)21 786-1986. Excellent (but expensive) food, with great views north over False Bay. There is a restaurant/cocktail bar upstairs and a deli/coffee shop downstairs.
  • The Sweetest Thing, 82 St George's Street, +27 (0)21 786-4200. Coffee shop with fantastic cakes and pastries.
  • Tibetan Tea House, Corner of Harington & St George's Streets, +27 (0)21 786-1544. Restaurant and art gallery, with Tibetan food.

Drink

Sleep

  • Boulders Beach Lodge, 4 Boulders Place, Bellevue Road, Boulders, +27 (0)21 786-1758 (, fax: +27 (0)21 786-1825), [8]. Situated above the world-famous Boulders Beach. Self-catering units also available. From R395 per person.
  • British Hotel Apartments, 90 St George's Street (Main Road), +27 (0)21 786-2214, [9]. Fully equipped self-catering apartments in the centre of Simon's Town.
  • Central Hotel, 96 St George's Street (Main Road), +27 (0)21 786-3775 (). Ideally situated in the centre of Simon's Town.
  • Lord Nelson Inn, 58 St George's Street (Main Road), +27 (0)21 786-3761 (), [10]. Old-fashioned hospitality in a traditional British inn.
  • Simonstown Accommodation, 29 Penguin Drive, Glen Marine, Simons Town, +27 827845675, [11]. Amazing mountain and sea views with secure parking and DSTV.
  • Miller's point. Camping
Jackass Penguins near Seagetaway.
  • OatLands, Froggy Pond, +27 (0)21 786-1410, [12]. Camping
  • Quayside Hotel, Simon's Town Waterfront, Jubilee Square, +27 (0)21 786-3838 (, fax: +27 (0)21 786-2241), [13]. Luxury hotel overlooking the harbour and False Bay. Part of the Relais Hotels group. From R395 per person.
  • Seagetaway, 10 Rocklands Rd, Murdock Valley Simon's Town, +27 (0)82 855-3180 (), [14]. Exclusive Self Catering Cottage. Magnificent sea views. From R800 for the cottage per night sleeps 5.
  • Simon's Town Backpackers, 66 St George's Street (Main Road), +27 (0)21 786-1964 (), [15]. An easy 5-minute walk from the train station. double R 360.
  • TopSail House, 176 St George's Street (Main Road), +27 (0)21 786-5537 (, fax: +27 (0)21 786-5537), [16]. Budget accommodation in an old convent, which has been converted into a delightful guest lodge.
  • Whaleview Manor, +27(21) 786 3291, [17]. Stunning guest house with overlooking False Bay. Friendly and caring staff. Mentioned in DK Eyewitness Travel Guide.

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