In Welcome Glen and the Glencairn Area
- Glencairn Beach– The local beach is a lovely, quaint and family orientated beach. With the recent stopping of trains to Simonstown, it also means less noise pollution and a safer environment for kids.
- Glencairn Wetlands– If you want to go for a lovely sunset walk, but don’t feel like anything to strenuous, the wetlands is the place to be. Tons of wild life and close to nature.
- Whale Watching– Something that’s getting more and more common in the false Bay Area is whale sightings. Don’t be surprised if you’re relaxing on the beach to see a couple of whales bobbing in the sea.
- Hiking– Lots of options here. All on your doorstep if you’re staying in Welcome Glen.
- Scuba Diving– Always an option if you’re close to the sea. There is even a wreck to explore, the cement barge
- Tidal pool– One of many tidal pools along the western part of False Bay. Perfect for children or if the seas are a bit rough.
Slightly further away
- Dining -In nearby Simon’s Town and Kalk Bay there are many World Class Restaurants.
- Surfing- World class beach breaks: Muizenberg & Kommetjie.
- Coastal Rowing– My wife, Alison, is a member of the Cape Coastal Rowing Club based in Simon’s Town. Cape Town does not have the widest variety of rowing options, but the coastal rowing available makes up for it. If you’re interested get in touch and we will arrange a guest row.
- Hiking- With plenty of hikes all around the peninsula, here are a couple of local highlights: Kleinplaas dam- situated above Simon’s Town, a very easy, gentle walk and great for families. Silvermine Nature Reserve has lots of trails and a dam (great for swimming). Get a map at reception (R40 per adult entry fee), and choose your distance. The Noordhoek Peak is one of Cape Town’s most underrated and beautiful hikes.
- Cape Point– For a lovely drive through natural Fynbos you have many options once in the Reserve including hiking, swimming, cycling, kayaking and seeing the view from the famous light house. The entrance fee is a bit pricey but it’s definitely worth at least one visit. Wild cards and Green cards will give you more options.
- Kayaking– Local hire at Simon’s Town
- Beaches– including Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek, Kommetjie and Long Beach
- Shopping- Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town both offer beautiful African Curios, antique shops and clothing boutiques. In Noordhoek Long Beach Mall (commercial)