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Simon's Town Walking History Tours

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Reviewed 5 October 2018

I am so pleased that I was able to go on a walking history tour of Simon's Town with Joline. The walking was easy and the hours disappeared. I feel I've had a precious glimpse into a history of this place that was previously hidden...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank notjenr
Simonstown2016, Owner at Simon's Town Walking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2018

Dear Jenni, Thank you so much for your kind review and it was a pleasure to meet you and to have you on the tour. Thank you for your interest and engagement on the tour. This was most appreciated. Stay well and best wishes, Joline

Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Joline is a wonderful storyteller, and her tour is rich with personal stories from the archives that help the tourist and the historian alike understand how much change the region of Simon’s Town has undergone. I highly recommend spending the few hours with Joline!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 August 2018

Simon's Town has a fascinating history. I like the fact that Joline's Simon's Town Walking Tours, while it unavoidably covers both the colonial history, it tells a rich history of agency. The agency of locals who found a way to navigate the new and imposed...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Seaside175485
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Joline has a phenomenal gift for making history come alive - she has extensive knowledge of her subject, and sensitive insight into how the past continues to affect us today. All of this is handled in an empathic way - she is a very warm...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank evansteere
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Joline vividly recreated Simon Town's social history for us from the time of the KhoiSan, Jan van Riebeeck and slavery to the forced removals of recent history. Through anecdotes about historical figures and stories of people still alive today, she painted a rich and eye-opening...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Simonstown2016, Owner at Simon's Town Walking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2018

Dear Judy, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was delightful to meet you and your lovely family. You have captured the essence of my tour so beautifully. Stay well and do keep in touch. With best wishes, Joline

Reviewed 19 August 2018

Joline's knowledge about the history of post-colonial Cape Town is really great, and the way she's opened up the discussion on slavery/colonisation/oppression and generational trauma is amazing. I've lived in CT most of my life, and this tour has really shaken me up. Well structured,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Simonstown2016, Owner at Simon's Town Walking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Dear Daniel, Thank you so much for your kind review. It was great to meet your lovely family and precious little girl. Keep well and best wishes, Joline

Reviewed 15 August 2018

Joline Young is the foremost expert on the slave history in Simon's Town. She is knowledgeable, sensitive, and an excellent tour guide. I brought a group of American university students to Simon's Town for her tour, and they all said it was a highlight of...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Simonstown2016, Owner at Simon's Town Walking History Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 August 2018

Dear LaNitra Thank you so very much for your kind review. I so enjoyed having you and the students on the tour. They were perceptive and engaging, which greatly enriched the experience. Thank you once again and do stay in touch. With best wishes, Joline

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

Date of experience: February 2017
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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

Date of experience: July 2016
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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

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

Date of experience: December 2015
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Melissa L
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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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