Think Simonstown is just all about Boulders Beach and the Martello Tower? Think again! Here’s something that is sure to get your engine revving, especially if you have a keen interest in military history.
When you hop on your bike with Africa Moto Tour for our 1 day scenic Peninsula motorbike tour, we’ll be making a stop-off at the old military battery in Simonstown. Even if you aren’t all that interested in seeing the guns, we can still promise you a view unlike any other…
Cape Town Naval History
Used as the base for the Royal Navy back in the late 1700s and early 1800s when the British were invading, and still serving as the base for the South African Navy, there’s no getting away from the fact that Simonstown is a town steeped in history.
Boasting gorgeous views everywhere you look, it’s difficult to imagine a gem of a place like this full of gun smoke, fear and devastation, but when you visit the Scala Battery, it is hard to deny that was indeed once the case.
Awash with remembrances of that time, this living museum is a hidden ‘treasure’ that few people are aware of. As a result of this, it is usually quiet, making it the perfect place to visit if you’re not one for crowds.
You’ll be able to set eyes upon the incredible 12 tonne, 9 inch RML gun, originally manufactured in Woolwich. What’s even better is the fact that this particular beauty has recently been restored to working condition and is fired every year during the Simonstown Navy Week (which was unfortunately cancelled this year, but will be back in 2019).
As for the rest of the guns, many have fallen into disrepair. Having said that, it certainly doesn’t make them any less enthralling to look at.
Once you have taken in all of the mystifying sights at the battery, don’t forget to stop for a moment or two to take in the astounding views from the Scala Upper North Battery over the bay. The icy blue waters, immense blue skies and mountainous landscape will make for a photo opportunity that you definitely won’t want to miss out on…