Simon's Town + Cape Point
When you're in Cape Town, you must spend a day in Simon's Town! It's an hour long scenic route hugs the mountain side! You'll be sitting on the edge of your seat just to see the beautiful coastal view. On the way to Simon's Town, you'll drive through Hout Bay, a town that has made its home in a valley, nestled on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula. My husband was very jealous that he had to drive and couldn't enjoy the view. The pros to not knowing how to drive manual! As we were approaching Hout Bay, signs with the the name Victoria appeared more frequently. I commented to Jordan, "How cool to see my name everywhere!" But he quickly dashed my excitement, sarcastically asking, "I thought you hated colonization though?" My name is forever ruined!
We started our day trip at Cape Point which is about forty minutes south of Simon's Town. For you outdoorsy peeps, I'm sure you could spend an entire day at Cape Point! There are lodgings available in The Table Mountain National Park (I believe you can camp there or rent a cabin). The attraction of Cape Point is purely hiking and sight seeing. You hike up to the lighthouse and then from the lighthouse you can walk the hour long trail to the very point of the peninsula, The Cape of Good Hope. It is there that you can see the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. It was a sunny day so I as surprised to "see" the Indian Ocean covered in a cloud blanket. Ah, weather! There is a trolly that goes up to the lighthouse, but you do miss the view of the ocean. We weren't aware of the trolly, so we hiked the stone walk way (that had several stairs along the way) with a stroller up to the lighthouse. We sadly had to skip the hike to The Cape of Good Hope because, well, the hike wasn't meant of wee little ones. I recommend bringing a carrier for this outing if you have a baby.
After Cape Point, we headed back to Simon's Town for a whale watching tour. This tour was two hours long! We were about an hour in when we saw a mother humpback whale and her two week old calf (that's what the Captain estimated). The Captain was really surprised to see humpback whales because he said he couldn't remember the last time he saw them! We also took a trip to seal island, which to no surprise smelt of salt and fish (a trip that’s pleasant to the eyes, but not the nose!). The Captain confidently told us that he was sure that there were great whites lurking near by because of all the seal pups. On our way back we came across another humpback who was just hanging out in the harbor! So even though we only saw a total of three whales in a two hour period, I counted ourselves very lucky! It was an awesome experience even with our baby in tow. (At one point the Captain watched Anthem so we could get a look of the whales from the upper deck. We just strapped him in his stroller and locked the wheels. Are you judging us for leaving our kid with a total stranger?!)
The whale watching tour ended as dusk was approaching and I wanted to make one last stop, Boulders Beach. This beach is home to hundreds of African Penguins. We sadly arrived when it closed, so the beach wasn't open, but we were able to walk on the boardwalk, which is open any time. We made the mistake of parking in the parking lot of the entrance to the beach and when it came time to leave the gates to the lot was locked up. Lucky, an employee was still around and let us out. We paid him handsomely for our stupidity. So if you make it to Boulders after hours, find parking on the street and just walk to the boardwalk entrance. Simon's Town is plastered with "Watch for Penguin" signs (I'm freaking out at the thought that people have accidentally run over penguins), so it's impossible to miss the chance to see the penguins.