Holidays at the SA Naval Museum: 2017-2018

Article and photos by: Cdr L. Steyn OiC SA Naval Museum.

Cape Town and Simonís Town remain a popular holiday destination for many people. Conveniently situated on the tourism route, the Naval Museum benefits from this influx of tourists, most of them making their way to the penguins at Boulders or on a scenic rendezvous with Cape Point. December and January holidays therefore, yielded a large number of visitors to the SA Naval Museum in Simonís Town.

The Super Lynx helicopter doing aerial surveillance during the Live Exercise phase

It could have been significantly better, if was not for the non-operational railway commuter service between Fishhoek and Simonís Town, which draws a lot of casual pedestrian visitors to Simonís Town. During the early part of the holidays we saw a lot of holiday visitors, not just from the inland provinces, but also from abroad, especially the United Kingdom. It was however most encouraging to see local Capetonians visit during the last few weeks, and with that many of our own Naval personnel with their families..

Museum dog

Museum visitor comments

The total amount of visitors that came to the SA Naval Museum during the holiday season amounted to 3078, which is on par with last yearís total. The busiest day of the holidays was Thursday the 28th of December, when the museum personnel had their hands full with the 322 visitors that came through the gate. Feedback and comments were very positive, as reflected in the visitorsí book and on the TripAdvisor website.


Museum dog

Museum visitor comments

Visitors and the  SS Mendi display

Visitors at the SA Naval Museum

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