Day Trips in Cape Town

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While visiting Cape Town, South Africa, experiencing all the city has to offer is nearly impossible. However, don't let the plethora of sights and activities within Cape Town deter you from venturing out of the city. With Cape Town as your home base, take a day trip to one of these beautiful and fascinating places.

Simons Town

Simons Town is close and has some interesting things to do and see. This town was originally a naval base. The landscape is filled with the anchors and cannons. Most of the buildings are Victorian style and painted with different colors. The Naval Museum is an interesting place to visit as is the Simons Town Museum. Both museums provide a great amount of information regarding local history. At the Warrior Toy Museum and Collector’s shop, you can see an army of toy soldiers. All are located along the main road in town. Be sure to take a walk on the Historical Mile to see the old houses and some interesting shops. Don’t forget to stop at the beach on your way out of town.

Originally, the town was a winter harbor because it was protected from the winter gales. The village started to develop in the 1800’s when the Royal British Navy took over and made it a base which it was in both the First and Second World Wars. Simons Town was named for the first Governor of the Colony

False Bay

Near Simons Town is False Bay, where the largest numbers of Great White Sharks come calve. This takes place during May to November. There are African Penguins at the beach which are fun to watch.

Franschhoek, Wine Country

Another day trip from Cape Town is to the wine country nearby. Franschhoek is the wine capital of Africa. It was settled by the Huguenots. There are wine tours at Grande Provence Winery. There is a wonderful restaurant there too with an award winning chef. The town is charming; complete with ice cream shops, book shops, and art galleries. Stellenbosch is the 2nd oldest winery town with Cape Dutch architecture and tree lined streets.

Robben Island

Book a boat trip to Robben Island. It will take 3½ hours but it is very much worth it. This is the island where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years. There are guided tours through the island where you will learn the history and speak with a former political prisoner. Since 1997 this has been a museum that runs educational programs for schools, youths, and adults and also does ongoing research related to the Island and includes an archive.

Along with seeing all there is in Cape Town make sure to take day trips outside the city to see other points of interest in South Africa that are nearby.

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