Just Nuisance’s grave, spooks on tour

2015-11-17 06:00

Anew tour is showing visitors the spooky side of Simon’s Town.

The Ghost Meanders tour is retelling the history of Simon’s Town’s resident ghosts.

André Leibbrandt was inspired to create the tour while working at the Simon’s Town Amenities Development Company (STADCO) as a car guard for a year.

“I realised that tourists only come to Simon’s Town to quickly hop out, snap some pictures of Just Nuisance, the beautiful harbour, and off they go again,” he says.

After qualifying as a tour guide, Leibbrandt decided to offer a unique walking tour of Simon’s Town.

“After doing some brainstorming with fellow guide Matthew Collard and library research, we decided to offer Friday night ghost walks. Simon’s Town is the most haunted corner in South Africa and has many spectres that are both recorded and some “new” sightings . . . as recently as last year,” he says.

A highlight of the tour is a visit to the grave of Just Nuisance, a local dog who was enlisted into the Royal Navy in the 1940s, on top of the mountains, which boasts unsurpassable views.

Visitors can also learn about the “Gray Lady” with different places of appearances and old movie house haunts experienced by current occupants. A restless baby murderer and a strange lady appearing on Redhill behind Simon’s Town in an eerie glow, awaiting the return of a lost lover at sea, are just some of the stories on the tour that will leave visitors with goosebumps.

“We feel that by doing these walks, we are contributing to the preservation of our national heritage, both before and after segregation and hoping to receive an influx of people that may lead to job creation,” he says.

V The walk lasts about an hour and a half. Tickets are R50 each. Daytime walks catering for children are also available.

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