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African Penguins at Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town has a lot going for it: the ancient granite boulders protect it from the wind and large waves, making it an ideal swimming spot for kids. The beach is always clean and safe, because it falls under the Table Mountain National Park Marine Protected Area. It is rarely crowded, and kids will be delighted by the stunning rockpools. But the soft white sand and warm(ish) waters are not the only reasons why 60,000 visitors a year make their way along the coast, past Simon’s Town, to Boulders Beach. The local inhabitants—African penguins in their thousands—know how to pull the crowds.

The penguin colony
African Penguins used to be known as jackass penguins because of their distinctive braying, and they’re the only penguins found on the continent. Colonies can be found from southern Namibia all the way around the South African coast to Port Elizabeth, but few places offer as remarkable a viewing point as Boulders Beach.

Conservation
The penguins first came to F..

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Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is proof that not all gardens were created equal. Go on, pay it a visit. You can thank us later.

It’s a favourite among locals amd visitors alike for many reasons: picnics on the lawns, hiking up Skeleton Gorge, enjoying a glass of chilled Chardonnay before a summer sunset concert, exploring the many shady trails, and taking in the panoramic views from the canopy walkway, to mention just a few.

The garden’s history
Regarded as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, Kirstenbosch—or rather, the land on which it sits—was bequeathed to the government by Cecil John Rhodes. At the time, it was nothing more than ramshackle farmland overrun with pigs. In 1913 a botanist called Harold Pearson set about transforming the land into a botanic garden devoted to the country’s indigenous flora. It now contains over 7000 species of plants from southern Africa. The 528-hectare Kirstenbosch Estate (which includes the Garden) falls under the Cape Floristic Region, w..

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Cosy eateries with fireplaces in Cape Town

Cape Town’s rainy winter weather is unlike anywhere else in South Africa, where winters are dry, dusty, and freezy cold. While winters in the Mother City may not be the coldest in the country, after a couple of rainy days the chill can start to creep under your skin. In winter Cape Town’s eateries go into full winter-mode, with cosy fireplaces and hearty meals to warm your toes and your tummy. Here’s a look at a couple of restaurants where you can get cosy during the winter chill.

Be sure to ask about winter specials.

The 41, Camps Bay
The 41, based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. With an extensive, multifaceted menu, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary experience. The chic, minimalist setting with dark hues and illustrious Mumm Champagne bar fountain creates an atmosphere of understated opulence.

Website: the41.co.za

Asoka, Gardens
Sophisticated food for a sophisticated crowd in a cosy atmosphere, Asoka in K..

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Cosy eateries with fireplaces in Cape Town

Cape Town’s rainy winter weather is unlike anywhere else in South Africa, where winters are dry, dusty, and freezy cold. While winters in the Mother City may not be the coldest in the country, after a couple of rainy days the chill can start to creep under your skin. In winter Cape Town’s eateries go into full winter-mode, with cosy fireplaces and hearty meals to warm your toes and your tummy. Here’s a look at a couple of restaurants where you can get cosy during the winter chill.

Be sure to ask about winter specials.

The 41, Camps Bay
The 41, based on the Camps Bay strip, offers unsurpassed vistas across the white sandy beach and glistening ocean. With an extensive, multifaceted menu, the restaurant offers a diverse culinary experience. The chic, minimalist setting with dark hues and illustrious Mumm Champagne bar fountain creates an atmosphere of understated opulence.

Website: the41.co.za

Asoka, Gardens
Sophisticated food for a sophisticated crowd in a cosy atmosphere, Asoka in K..

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Travel Like a Local: Your Neighbourhood Guide to Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town is one of South Africa’s oldest towns, situated 35km outside Cape Town. This neighbourhood is renowned for its rich maritime history and is home to the South African Navy, which holds a festival in the town every April. Simon’s Town is really an attraction in its own right, and you will need to set a full day to fully explore it.

Where to eat and make merry
One Three Six Restaurant
One Three Six Restaurant is conveniently located in Harbour Bay, in a brand new location. They’re the go-to place for locally sourced free-range and organic products. Their burgers are particularly popular, but be sure to save space for their desserts.

Website: onethreesix.co.za

Salty Sea Dog
If you’re looking for takeaways or a sit-down meal, look no further than the Salty Sea Dog restaurant. Salties is Simon’s Town institution and conveniently located on the water’s edge at the Simon’s Town jetty and harbour. Pop in and enjoy your meal at one of the wooden tables, or dangle your feet over t..

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Travel Like a Local: Your Neighbourhood Guide to Simon’s Town

Simon’s Town is one of South Africa’s oldest towns, situated 35km outside Cape Town. This neighbourhood is renowned for its rich maritime history and is home to the South African Navy, which holds a festival in the town every April. Simon’s Town is really an attraction in its own right, and you will need to set a full day to fully explore it.

Where to eat and make merry
One Three Six Restaurant
One Three Six Restaurant is conveniently located in Harbour Bay, in a brand new location. They’re the go-to place for locally sourced free-range and organic products. Their burgers are particularly popular, but be sure to save space for their desserts.

Website: onethreesix.co.za

Salty Sea Dog
If you’re looking for takeaways or a sit-down meal, look no further than the Salty Sea Dog restaurant. Salties is Simon’s Town institution and conveniently located on the water’s edge at the Simon’s Town jetty and harbour. Pop in and enjoy your meal at one of the wooden tables, or dangle your feet over t..

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The top 5 things to do this weekend in Cape Town

Cape Town has a great weekend life, so make sure your stay in the city extends past the week and into the weekend. Most festivals, markets, and concerts take place on the weekend, and the city’s bars and cafes fill up. We’ve chosen five of the best events to check out this weekend. Clear your schedule and book your tickets now.

For a complete list of events, take a look at our calendar.

Artscape Youth Jazz Festival
This event showcases young talent within the Western Cape Province, these young musicians have the opportunity of working with five top South African Jazz musicians in a 10-week mentorship programme. These workshops cover South African Jazz, business management for musicians, and techniques. There will also be original compositions performed live.

IZIKO Museums – Youth Day Event
Celebrate National Youth Day with Iziko Museums of South Africa and enjoy free entry to selected Iziko Museums and explore the History, Culture, and Heritage of the country and mother city.

Yout..