Avian Leisure has a magnificent situation on the mountain above the Boulders Beach penguin colony in Simon’s Town, overlooking False Bay and set amidst an indigenous Cape Fynbos garden – this means you can see whales, fur seals, penguins, sunbirds, sugarbirds and a host of other wildlife right from your bedroom! An added delight is the almost guaranteed night-time view of porcupines coming to the garden pond!

A truly magical experience for visitors!

Avian Leisure’s location in Cape Town makes it a perfect base for doing Cape Peninsula birding trips, pelagic birding trips, whale watching trips, Cape winelands tours, snorkelling or scuba diving in False Bay and along the Atlantic coastline or just enjoying the natural beauty in the Table Mountain National Park.  There is something for everyone here!

  • Sugarbirds and sunbirds abound in our natural fynbos garden
  • 5 minutes to harbour for pelagic trips
  • Overlooks the famous Penguin colony at Boulders
  • 10 minutes from Cape Point Nature Reserve
  • Owner run by experienced birders and adventurers – available to assist in planning your self-drive trips
  • Scuba gear washdown and drying facility


Avian Leisure comprises two well equipped and spacious apartments – Shearwater & Watsonia – both with their own private entrances and ample off road parking. All towels and linen are provided and are changed twice a week. The apartments are serviced on a twice weekly basis.


Shearwater, with its unrestricted, panoramic  sea views, sleeps up to 4 adults comfortably. Facilities of this spacious apartment (138 sqm) include a large open plan living room with fully equipped kitchen  and dining and sitting areas, a large sea-facing master bedroom and a second bedroom, both with twin beds, and two bathrooms, one with shower and one with bath & shower. Both living room and master bedroom face onto a large wooden deck with views in all directions. Kitchen is fully equipped with hob, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, crockery and cooking utensils. BBQ by arrangement.

Washing machine, DSTV, free Wi-Fi, Safe, percale white linen, toiletries provided.


Watsonia is a spacious (70 sqm) one bedroomed suite, with twin beds, a bathroom with large shower and a large living room with a small but well equipped kitchenette (fridge, microwave, hob, crockery and cooking equipment). Watsonia is located on the side of the house, and while there is no patio and no direct sea views, guests have access to our fynbos garden via the outside stairs, and from the front of the house the sea views are magnificent. It is an extremely comfortable base from which to explore this diverse area, sleeping up to 2 people.

DSTV, free Wi-Fi, Safe, percale white linen, toiletries provided.



88 Dorries Drive
Froggy Farm
Simon’s Town, Cape Town

GPS Co-ordinates:
34° 12′ 21.83″ S
18° 27′ 11.34″ E

Please note that you need your own car in this area as what little public transport there is, is not reliable, and we are situated high up on a hillside overlooking False Bay. If you have not rented your car yet we can assist with this. Please email us your car rental requirements.

Take the M3 from Cape Town to Muizenberg, then Main Road through Fish Hoek to Simon’s Town. Continue for 2 km from centre of village, past Penguin signs, Boulders Beach and golf course on left. Immediately after seeing the sign for Oatlands Holiday Village on right, turn RIGHT into Dorries Drive . House is 1km up the hill on the RIGHT. Avian Leisure is ideally situated to explore the delights of the Western Cape, from Cape Point to the Cape Winelands.



Simon’s Town is a charming and historic village offering warm hospitality and a relaxed atmosphere. There are a variety of good restaurants and interesting shops in the village and surrounding area. Simon’s Town has safe, sheltered bathing beaches on the warm water side of the Peninsula, with our favourite beach, Fisherman’s Beach, just below Avian Leisure.

Access to a myriad of activities, experiences and sights- sea fishing, hiking, scuba diving, kayaking, bird watching, pelagic trips, whale watching, golfing, shark viewing, to name but a few…

And over and above all this, there are the simple pleasures of waking to a spectacular sunrise over False Bay and watching the full moon emerge over the bay.

Click to read our personal account of Simon’s Town


  •   There is an expression - seeing is believing.

    If you are looking for a fully equipped kitchen with laundry facilities and a spacious living area you, have it.... read more


      The indigenous fynbos garden is alive with birds and just relaxing and watching the constant activity is rewarding.
    Ideally placed for the Simon's Town quay where world famous pelagic birding... read more


      Lovely couple that made me feel at home whilst giving you your space to do your own thing. The apartment is super tidy and adorned with beautiful flowers from their... read more

  •   What an incredible stay!
    I had been waiting for the moment intraprovincial travel was allowed again during the COVID pandemic, as I knew the first place I wanted to have... read more


      We had a few happy nights staying at Avian Leisure. Our accommodation was really good and the apartment is well equipped. Our host and hostess were extremely helpful and friendly.... read more


      This apartment was well appointed airy with all modern conveniences. The owners are on site but not intrusive, most helpful when we needed them. Surroundings were beautiful,we had... read more

    Carol J
  •   This apartment was well appointed airy with all modern conveniences. The owners are on site but not intrusive, most helpful when we needed them. Surroundings were beautiful,we had... read more

    Carol J

      We love staying at Avian Leisure; this is our second time is as many visits to South Africa. We would definitely stay here again. The accommodations are large,... read more


      I found Avian Leisure looking for birding-related lodging, but as I was traveling with my spouse and another non-birding couple, we needed a base of operations in the Cape Town... read more

  •   This is an ideal place to stay if you are looking for a centre for birding in the Western Cape. Convenient for Cape Point and for the various pelagic trips... read more


      Clean room + kitchen and huge living area. A beautiful garden look out to the False Bay with plenty of wild birds to entertain. The property is in a very... read more


      I stayed at the Shearwater Apartment for 2 nights in September while I was planning a birdwatching tour for 2020. The apartment is spacious and comfortable with a spectacular view... read more



Patrick and Marie-Louise Cardwell
PO Box 74, Simons Town 7995 South Africa
Ph/Fax: +27 21 786 1414
Mobile: +27 83 272 2455
Skype: mlcardwell
Email: enquiries@avianleisure.com

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