The Lookout

The Lookout The Lookout in Simon's Town is a beautiful, contemporary guesthouse situated a few paces from the False Bay shoreline. The Lookout in Simon's Town, (previously known as the The Flagship) is a beautiful, contemporary guesthouse situated a few paces from the False Bay shoreline, offering uninterrupted views of the ocean and the Hottentot Mountains.

Your hosts, Colin and Claire Teifel look forward to welcoming you to stay in one of their four, immaculately appointed, guest suites which overlook the sparkling pool and the sea. Situated just outside historic Simon’s Town, we are a short stroll away from the penguins on Boulder’s Beach, a matter of minutes by car from the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and the world famous Cape Point and under an hour from the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town and the Winelands beyond.

Operating as usual

First we had the Bafta and Oscar winning "My Octopus Teacher"  filmed right here in Simon's Town and now "Penguin Town" ...
10/06/2021
The Order of the Penguin: Netflix series 'Penguin Town' stars local penguins

First we had the Bafta and Oscar winning "My Octopus Teacher" filmed right here in Simon's Town and now "Penguin Town" featuring these wonderful creatures is about to be aired on Netflix. It's clearly worth visiting this beautiful part of the world.

Netflix is releasing a docuseries about South Africa's Simon's Town local penguins, called 'Penguin Town' and here's everything we know thus far.

07/09/2020

Over the last couple of years we have hosted members of Craig Foster's "My Octopus Teacher" production team at The Lookout. Craig lives in our suburb and we were so delighted to accommodate his colleagues, while they worked on the documentary, particularly as they all truly appreciated the natural beauty of our shoreline. We have just watched the Netflix "premier" this evening of his documentary about his amazing relationship with a female octopus who lived in the kelp forest metres away from the shoreline in front of us. To say that we were blown away is an understatement. We cannot recommend this documentary to our friends and former guests enough; it is sensational and worthy of the highest accolades. Huge congratulations to Craig, Pippa, James and Ellen on this beautiful love story.

Yesterday I was privileged to be included in a complimentary Whale Watching trip with Dave Hurwitz of the Simon's Town B...
14/08/2020

Yesterday I was privileged to be included in a complimentary Whale Watching trip with Dave Hurwitz of the Simon's Town Boat Company offered to members of our Whale Sightings WhatsApp group. We went out to Cape Point spotting a Sun fish and several seals before heading back to Simon's Town where we saw a couple of Bryde's Whales which came very close to the boat and at one point one swam under the boat. Colin took these photos from our balcony as we passed The Lookout on our way to Cape Point. I'm on the top deck near the front wearing a blue jacket. Needless to say my lack of photography skills meant that none of the many photos I took during the trip were worth posting!!
Many thanks to Dave and his team and Odette for organising this wonderful excursion!

We have just been privy to the most spectacular gymnastic display by a passing whale. There are a very few benefits of L...
23/07/2020

We have just been privy to the most spectacular gymnastic display by a passing whale. There are a very few benefits of Lockdown but this is certainly one of them!

This is my wonderful website designer giving back to all her clients. Thank you Tracy Kreuger for all your help and supp...
10/05/2020

This is my wonderful website designer giving back to all her clients. Thank you Tracy Kreuger for all your help and support over the years!

This is my turn to give back - I don’t want the saying “out of sight, out of mind” to be true, so WEBWARRIORS has put together an advertising platform for you to advertise on, for free on this page.

So even if you are not allowed to trade just yet, stay fresh in people’s minds.
This page will be promoted with paid for advertising.
A website will follow and all WEBWARRIORS clients will be featured for free.

I hope this helps you in some small way - all we ask is that you like the page, share the page or even the post you that have posted here on our page.

Tell your friends and families if they have small/medium businesses that they are welcome to post up to 2x a week on this page.

30/04/2020
Simon's Town Boat Company

We are so lucky to live here. It makes Lockdown a little more bearable! Again many thanks to Simon's Town Boat Company.

To have a hat-trick of killer whale sightings in False Bay in one week is just beyond incredible!
Port & Starboard were back “shopping” again yesterday and attacked a sunfish alongside our boat, literally within the Simon’s Town harbour.
We’re not sure whether Port killed it or was just playing with it. Unfortunately killer whales do this.
Here’s a short video clip of the event. Apologies for the poor video quality - I don't know why Facebook destroys video uploads!

Thanks again to Simon's Town Boat Company who spotted and photographed these magnificent Orcas en route from Glencairn t...
28/04/2020

Thanks again to Simon's Town Boat Company who spotted and photographed these magnificent Orcas en route from Glencairn to Buffels Bay, near Cape Point. This time we were lucky enough to see them as they passed The Lookout, close to shore!

We just cannot believe our luck!
Orcas on the 26th of April & again today, 2 days later.....
The scoundrels, or as some may have it, the celebrities of the orca kingdom - Port & Starboard paid us a visit.
Here are a few pics – enjoy!

Many thanks to our very own Simon's Town Boat Company for sharing these amazing photos taken in False Bay yesterday.
27/04/2020
Orca spotted 'foraging' in False Bay

Many thanks to our very own Simon's Town Boat Company for sharing these amazing photos taken in False Bay yesterday.

On Sunday 26 April David Hurwitz from the Simon's Town Boat Company reported a sighting of an orca pod in False Bay. There were between 6-7 animals.

19/04/2020
SANCCOB saves seabirds

Love how our local penguins are embracing the lock down, while maintaining social distancing!

#Lockdown has its perks for #Africanpenguins in Simon’s Town. This is one of the reasons why our Penguin Rangers have their hands full but waddling down the street is enjoyable & safer for the birds these days, clearly!
#AdoptAnEgg at https://bit.ly/3csbrtQ and get connected to the very heart of saving this #endangeredspecies.
Video credit: @MikaelaSlier
Keeping our seabirds safe with #CityofCT SANParks - Table Mountain National Park and Cape Town Environmental Education Trust - CTEET

To all our lovely former guests and in so many cases, friends, we wish you well during these trying times. We said farew...
28/03/2020

To all our lovely former guests and in so many cases, friends, we wish you well during these trying times. We said farewell to our final guest last week on Friday and immediately put Regina and Charles on very part-time work on full pay, for their safety and that of ours. The news came in on Monday that a 21 day lock down would begin on Thursday at midnight. We said a tearful goodbye to Regina and Charles and hope and pray that we will all be together again, safe and healthy on 17th April. It is our daughter, Francesca's 23rd birthday today, which we celebrated together in a very low-key manner, with some bubbles and her favourite carrot cake. The ultimate birthday present for her however, was when this pod of dolphins swam past about half an hour ago, to wish her a happy birthday. Please stay safe and healthy, and emerge from this crisis inspired and with renewed vigour to look after our beautiful planet and all who inhabit it. Stay strong.

13/02/2020
Humpback whale 13 February 2020

Claudia from Germany, who is staying at The Lookout for the second time in 2 years, spotted this Humpback whale while she was enjoying a coffee on the patio, outside her suite, this morning. Many thanks for sharing your video, Claudia!

Yet again The Lookout has been awarded a Traveller Review score of 9.8 by our Booking.com guests. Thank you to everyone ...
30/01/2020

Yet again The Lookout has been awarded a Traveller Review score of 9.8 by our Booking.com guests. Thank you to everyone who submitted a review, for your positive and constructive feedback. We look forward to delivering even better service to our guests throughout this year.

02/01/2020

We opened our doors today to a new year and a new decade and welcomed our first ever Russian guests! Two delightful young couples on their first visit to South Africa. We are so lucky to be meeting such lovely people from all over the world!

We can't believe that we have completed 3 amazing years running The Lookout! We would like to thank all our guests for m...
22/12/2019

We can't believe that we have completed 3 amazing years running The Lookout! We would like to thank all our guests for making this year so memorable and to our wonderful staff and suppliers for their unstinting support. We are taking a short break before opening up again on 2nd January 2020 and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to 2020!

So proud to have been awarded Superior by the AA in the Guest House category for the 3rd consecutive year! Many thanks t...
06/11/2019

So proud to have been awarded Superior by the AA in the Guest House category for the 3rd consecutive year! Many thanks to our staff and suppliers for their unstinting support and to our wonderful guests who motivate us to maintain our standards and improve our service. Thank you!

This King Penguin has great taste, choosing to swim 2,000 km to spend time just down the road from The Lookout, at Cape ...
01/11/2019
King penguin waddles onto Buffels Bay beach

This King Penguin has great taste, choosing to swim 2,000 km to spend time just down the road from The Lookout, at Cape Point.

An unusual visitor arrived on the shores of Cape Point this week. A king penguin waddled onto Buffels Bay beach taking visitors and park rangers by surprise.

Some very different activities to try out when staying in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.
29/10/2019
The alternative guide to Cape Town

Some very different activities to try out when staying in Cape Town and the surrounding areas.

There is so much of the Mother City that is worth exploring. Rather than getting caught up in the tourist traps, check out some local, alternative things that will give you a fresh perspective on the Mother City.

Following the SA Navy's Fleet Review yesterday and the 17 Gun Salute for the Chief of the SA Navy during the ceremonial ...
20/09/2019

Following the SA Navy's Fleet Review yesterday and the 17 Gun Salute for the Chief of the SA Navy during the ceremonial sail past, there is still plenty of activity in the bay today.

18/09/2019
Cape Town Etc

What a wonderful idea!

Sip tea in the clouds at Table Mountain's Very High Tea on Cape Town's most iconic landmark.

17/09/2019
Up close and personal!

This Humpback put on a real show for 2 divers and some locals at Long Beach, Simon's Town yesterday. Many thanks to Gaynor Crowe for sharing her video of the spectacle.

Water play in the bay, yesterday!
12/07/2019

Water play in the bay, yesterday!

The 31 year old tanker Ursus took refuge in False bay on Monday, under the watchful eye of the salvage tug SA Amandla. T...
11/07/2019

The 31 year old tanker Ursus took refuge in False bay on Monday, under the watchful eye of the salvage tug SA Amandla. This grand old lady found herself in danger of going aground in rough seas, while awaiting permission to make her way into the scrapyard in Cape Town.

(Information taken from an article written by Brian Ingpen of Lawhill Maritime Centre)

Fantastic news! Within 24 hours of the terrible death of a second whale, in the space of 3 weeks, after getting tangled ...
30/06/2019
Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries concerned over entanglement of whales in fishing gear | Department of Environmental Affairs

Fantastic news!
Within 24 hours of the terrible death of a second whale, in the space of 3 weeks, after getting tangled in ropes used in octopus fishing in False Bay, The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries issued a temporary ban on the practice.
Hopefully a solution to the problem can be found so that those who rely on fishing for an income can continue to support their families, without endangering the lives of our local marine life.

https://www.environment.gov.za/mediarelease/barbara-creecy-concerned-over-entanglement-whales

Following consultation with operators in the False Bay Area, The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, has today decided to temporarily suspend exploratory fishing for octopus with immediate effect.

The Last VoyageIt was with heavy hearts and growing anger this morning, that we watched this magnificent creature on its...
27/06/2019

The Last Voyage
It was with heavy hearts and growing anger this morning, that we watched this magnificent creature on its final journey from Glencairn to Miller’s Point, where it has just been landed and will be dispatched to a landfill site.
This is the 3rd entanglement in the area during June 2019, with marine life becoming caught in the ropes that tether lobster traps to surface buoys, resulting in horrific injuries and ultimately the tragic, unnecessary deaths of two whales.

22/06/2019
Love Cape Town

So happy to share this short video of some of our nearest neighbours.

Cape Town has no shortage of amazing beaches, but Boulders Beach offers something extra special – a colony of African Penguins right under your nose. #lovecapetown

Just had to share these amazing photos taken last week at our local beach!
18/06/2019
Swimmers make unexpected friend in Simon's Town

Just had to share these amazing photos taken last week at our local beach!

Two locals had a whale of a time snorkelling in Simon's Town when a Humpback decided to join their expedition and swim alongside them, leaving them stunned by its beauty and peaceful nature.

This morning's walk had to be replaced with one this afternoon instead. Feeling very fortunate to have this as a backdro...
13/06/2019

This morning's walk had to be replaced with one this afternoon instead. Feeling very fortunate to have this as a backdrop.

Another absolutely beautiful winter's morning, looking across False Bay to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. This truly ...
08/06/2019

Another absolutely beautiful winter's morning, looking across False Bay to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. This truly is our "Secret Season"!

It's officially the first day of winter, but who would believe it?
01/06/2019

It's officially the first day of winter, but who would believe it?

Once again The Lookout has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019. Many thanks to all our wonder...
28/05/2019

Once again The Lookout has been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2019. Many thanks to all our wonderful guests for your support!

Two whales in one afternoon!
21/05/2019

Two whales in one afternoon!

We were out and about yesterday so missed this first sighting of the year, but delighted to share the post.
11/05/2019

We were out and about yesterday so missed this first sighting of the year, but delighted to share the post.

First migratory whale sighting of 2019 - 2 Southern Right whales, almost a month early & on the most perfect False Bay “champagne” day!
Sign of a great season ahead.

10/05/2019
Simon's Town Business Association

Just a little appetiser of some of the great things to do in Simon's Town! Can't wait to watch Top Billing on Saturday!

Well done to Ros of Cape Town Water Bikes in Simon's Town for this great coverage on SABC 3, Top Billing. Great promotion for Simon's Town!

09/05/2019
Kayak Cape Town

Amazing footage of Nature in all her glory, so close to The Lookout!

A Cape Fur Seal devours an octopus during our kayak trip. Location is Seaforth Beach in Simon's Town.

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15 Erica Road, Murdoch Valley
Simon's Town

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00
Sunday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

270217861700

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Thank you Claire and Colin for a wonderful two days. It was so good to meet you and such a surprise to realise how close we lived in Chandlers Ford. When I got home and talked to mum and dad they knew your folks, apparently even been to your house for dinner when we were kids!! The views were absolutely wonderful, your hospitality second to none. Thank you for such a lovely holiday. Happy Christmas to you all - Jill & Peter xx
What a stunning place!
Wonderful location, lovely hosts Can't wait to return