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These rocks are named after the rounded boulders which shelter a beautiful swimming beach from the mischievous south-easterly winds. A part of Table Mountain National Park, Boulders Beach gives a unique opportunity to swim with Jackass (African) penguins. You'll find the main penguin colony at Foxy Beach next to the swimming beach where there is an attractive boardwalk. The friendly park staff will be happy to answer any questions. Although these penguins are among the most human-tolerant in the world, they can inflict a severe bite if their space is invaded, or they feel threatened. It is safe to maintain a safe distance of at least a meter between them and yourself. You'll be able to see a variety of other birds at Boulders. These include the African Black Oyster-catcher and the Crowned Cormorant plus numerous species of smaller birds.
An exceptionally intelligent and warm dog, Just Nuisance, was in 1939 enlisted into the British Navy, (which then owned the Simon's Town enclave). This tall Great Dane, now known as Able Seaman, was a regular traveler on the train between Simon's Town and Cape Town and would often escort inebriated sailors back to their ship. Apparently the Great Dane was not averse to the odd pint himself. Every April 1 (both the anniversary of Just Nuisance's birth and death) is marked by a street parade in Simon's Town to commemorate this extraordinary animal. In Jubilee Square a bronze statue of the famous canine pays tribute to him.
The Cape Floral Region, located towards the southern peninsula of Cape Town, comprises of 8 conserved areas. Spread over 553,000 hectares (1,366,500 acres) of lush green patch, is where almost 20 percent of the entire floral production of the continent happens. One of the most astounding and unique ecosystems in the world, The Cape Floral Region is home to over 9,500 rare plants and vegetation communities, some which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Of these, the fynbos vegetation of The Cape Floral Region is much acclaimed, these include shrubs such as wildflowers, Montane fynbos and Gladiolus alatus among many others. Inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Cape Floral Region makes for a flowery visit you'll never forget.
Kalk Bay gets its name from the lime extracted from sea shells and used for the construction of buildings in the 1800s. To do this fascinating little village justice, you'll need at least half a day. Leave yourself time to wander around the second-hand shops, see the craft stores and art galleries, and the old china shops reminiscent of Aladdin's cave. Whilst there, take a walk down to the colorful harbour, where fish can be bought straight from the small fishing boats, and you may be lucky to see a seal alongside, hoping for a titbit. Then stop to refresh yourself at a quaint cafe, or lunch at one of the many good restaurants.
The land on which Imhoff Farm stands is known as Imhoff's Gift and was granted in 1743 to the widow Christina Diemer by Baron Gustaff van Imhoff, Commissioner Extraordinaire of the Dutch East India Company. The grant was subject to the condition that vegetables be grown and supplied to the company at a fixed price. Nowadays farming is no longer viable, but visitors are invited to experience an authentic old Cape farmstead. What was originally the farmhouse built 250 years ago, including barns, stables, dairy, silo and slave quarters, now houses a wide variety of unusual shops selling reasonably priced goods, many of them hand-made - and a restaurant. At Imhoff Farm you'll also find a nature park and wildlife sanctuary where you can take a walk amongst the blue cranes, ostriches, llamas and monkeys, and let your children enjoy the pony rides.
The region's first police post is found in this False Bay museum, whose other highlight is a display of the Battle of Muizenberg, fought on 7 August 1795. You'll also discover, police equipment through the ages, the old Magistrate's Court and Carnegie Library, as well as many other interesting memorabilia. The museum is opposite the historic Muizenberg Railway Station, built in 1912 of redbrick with sand rustication – a fine example of Edwardian-era architecture. There is ample parking just off the road, and the museum has no entry fee.
Check out this fascinating collection of early toys dating from the turn of the last century. The museum contains a shop specializing in obsolete and current toys and models - a must for any collector. Situated opposite the Fun Park, this is an ideal opportunity to visit a freshwater swimming pool, with children's paddling pool, swings & slides, boating pool and Fun Golf - right on the beachfront. And for the more adventurous - a water slide.