Hi folks, excuse my english…i’m french!
Once at Simon’s Town, Gaïa went on the boat yard for some maintenance, improvements, and unexpected items.
Despite a lot of work , we managed to escape and Simon’s Town is a great base for exploring the coast but also the countryside. This small seaside town is full of charm with its village atmosphere, its Victorian architecture and its many good addresses whether to eat seafood or to do some shopping.
One of the first things to do in Simons Town, is to visit the famous penguin colony at Boulders Beach.
Due to the over-fishing, the pollution and irresponsible tourism activities, the penguin has been classified as an endangered species, fortunately, today the colony form part of The Table Mountain National Park Marine protected area.
From there, continue the road to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, crossing the Table Mountain Nature Reserve and its magnificent landscapes. You will drive in the middle of fynbos and you’ll reach a coast swept by spray and sand that form a kind of mist along the road, softening a bit the rocky character of these beaches where the south sea finishes its course.
Watch out, it is not uncommon to cross an ostrich, a baboon or a turtle crossing the road lazily..
Another direction, another atmosphere: the wine route! The wines in South Africa dates back to the 18th century, driven by the arrival of the Huguenots (French Protestants). We opted to visit Constantia Groot (the oldest vineyard in the country) and Franschoek (the most frenchy). On the road, the landscapes are breathtaking, and when the reward at the end is a bottle of excellent Pinotage (grape variety created from Pinot Noir and Cinsault) and a cheese plate, we are ready for every kilometer …
After almost three weeks on land, Gaïa finally went back to the water! So it’s time for us to continue the road, heading to Namibia after a short stop in Cape Town …
Places we enjoyed in Simons Town:
- Afreek: Alfred’s manufacturing workshop, a self-taught, over-talented man who can do just about anything with leather! (St Georges Street)
- LarijWorks: a shop that is definitely worth seeing to see Blessing’s original creations, made from sublime African fabrics (St Georges Street)
- The Meeting Place: a coffee place that also serves as a restaurant, bookstore, gift shop and grocery store (St Georges Street)
- Blue Door Coffee Roasters: essential if you like coffee: the grains are roasted on site and the team is passionate
- Monocle & Mermaid: good beers and original burgers including for vegetarians (St Georges Street