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Simon's Town Walking History Tours

Simon's Town, South Africa
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A fascinating and sobering series of revelations most relevant today!

Joline Young is the most personable, smart and articulate guide in my experience. Her knowledge of... read more

Reviewed 19 February 2017
Colin S
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Montreal, Canada
Uncovering Simon's Town's History

This tour was incredible. Many tourists go to Simon’s Town to see the penguins in Boulders... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2016
Hanna A
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

Joline Young is the most personable, smart and articulate guide in my experience. Her knowledge of history and of the families involved in shaping that history through the centuries is both captivating and intriguing. She not only brings contextual perspective, but also a profound sense...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2016

This tour was incredible. Many tourists go to Simon’s Town to see the penguins in Boulders Beach—this tour provides an alternative view of Simon’s Town, revealing a deep and complicated history of slavery. We visited the Cape Malay Museum and interacted with the structures and...More

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Simonstown2016, Owner at Simon's Town Walking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2016

Dear Hanna Thank you so much for your kind review. This is most appreciated. I really enjoyed having you and Waru on the tour and I look forward to a long and happy friendship between us. With best wishes, Joline

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Reviewed 22 April 2016

That's me, my husband and our baby daughter in the photo with Joline - we really enjoyed the walking tour. Joline Young is a historian with a wealth of knowledge about Simon's Town. Most people who know anything about Simon's Town know it as the...More

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Reviewed 18 March 2016

What makes this Historical tour different than others is her pure passion for the place and the people that have lived in Simons Town. There is the interpersonal with the factual narrative and the participant who is hearing the story. She is engaging and you...More

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

Memorable twilight visit to the old Malay Quarter at Simons Town after visiting the Heritage Museum and members of the Muslim family who previoulsy lived there. We learnt about the impact of slavery and other hidden aspects of the history of Simons Town. All of...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

Joline Young is a qualified historian specialising in the lesser known history of the area relating to the slave trade and related stories. She is passionate about the subject and is able to show most visitors parts of Simon's Town they would never have visited...More

1  Thank philkil2016
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Reviewed 12 March 2016

Time spent in the company of this lady is worthwhile, as she crams in as many stories as possible! Joline knows her stuff, she is a solid, qualified historian and has written extensively about the people of Simon's Town. All the same, she humanises the...More

2  Thank Damadelmaiz
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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Very interesting tour of Simonstown told by lovely friendly Joline who is passionate about her subject , she holds your attention and has a deep knowledge of its history which I am sure many are completely unaware of. I certainly had not heard her stories...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2016

Our excellent tour guide, Joline Young, has more than enough academic credentials and knowledge to make this a fascinating tour. But it is her own family background and ethnic heritage which she dovetails in comic and sometimes tragic stories, that give her presentation its astonishing...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2016

I have been on this tour twice and both times I was fascinated by the well researched stories of slavery that lies hidden beneath the beauty of Simonstown. Joline Young, brings the past alive with her stories of the past, but also relates this history...More

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Melissa L
18 February 2018|
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Response from Simonstown2016 | Property representative |
Dear Melissa, Thank you for your enquiry. You can book via Tripadvisor. The cost is R1400.00 for a maximum of six people. Best wishes, Joline
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