January 10, 2011
Visit the SAS Assegaai submarine in Simon’s Town
Photo provided by Simon’s Town Boat Company
The SAS Assegaai museum submarine in Simon's Town aims to gives visitors the opportunity to experience life in a submarine with it's perfectly preserved interiors and expertly guided tours.
Decommissioned in 2003, the French-built submarine SAS Assegaai has been lovingly restored by a group of retired and in-service naval staff who, with the blessing of the South African Naval Museum, have opened her up to the general public.
Visiting the museum
As the museum is in the Naval Dockyard, access is only by a scheduled bus service from the station with a pick-up point at Jubilee Square (113 St Georges Street, Simon's Town).
In addition to having some degree of sea legs, it is imperative that visitors are reasonably fit and don’t have a fear of small, enclosed spaces: Simon’s Town Boat Company’s dockyard ferry takes you to the sub, and you enter and exit the vessel on a vertical ladder.
Guided tours take place daily (weather permitting) between 10h30 and 15h00 (December to June) and 11h30 to 14h30 (July to November). A maximum of three groups of between 10 and 12 persons can visit at any time. The 60-minute tour departs from the Simon’s Town harbour and is R40pp for adults and R20 for children under 12 and icludes the bus trip and tour.
The knowledge of the ex-submariners on board is extensive and their passion for this grande dame is quite contagious!
For more information, phone +27 (0)21 786 5243 or visit www.navy.mil.za/museum_submarine.