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Things to do, where to go and what to see when you visit the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town
Welcome to Camps Bay, Cape Town's most popular sunset location! This affluent suburb on the Atlantic Seaboard is home to stunning properties, fabulous restaurants and vibey bars. The eclectic energy is palpable and the breath-taking sunsets, which locals and tourists alike enjoy, occur every single day on the beach along Victoria Road.
Read more about the rich history, activities and attractions of this beautiful suburb in the Mother City.
Where is Camps Bay?
Camps Bay falls between Clifton and Bakoven, situated directly to the left of Table Mountain, in front of the majestic Twelve Apostles range. Camps Bay wraps around Lion’s Head, and is home to some of South Africa’s most admired properties. Prime real estate in the area lies on Camps Bay Drive, along the mountain. Victoria Road runs parallel to the Atlantic Ocean and is home to popular restaurants and bars. Camps Bay is 5,6km away from Table Mountain and 64,6km away from Cape Point.
The history of Camps Bay
Camps Bay was home to the San and the Goringqhaique (Khoi pastors), who were the first residents recorded in the area. Jan Van Riebeeck made the area into a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company, which at the time was covered in forests in the 18th century. These forests were home to lions, leopards and a range of antelopes.
For most of the 1800’s Camps Bay remained undeveloped, with Kloof road being built in 1848 and the road to and from Sea Point built by 1887. Victoria Road was named so, to honour Queen Victoria on her jubilee in 1888.
In 1901 the Camps Bay tramway was developed to allow people from the city to visit the area for the day, and to enjoy the tidal pools. The pavilion was used for concerts and shows which people participated in weekly. Only in 1913 did Camps Bay become part of Cape Town, albeit more a recreational area than residential, it was part of the Cape Town area.
Things to see and do in Camps Bay
There are many things you can do, see and experience in this colourful area. The restaurants and bars are known to serve incredibly fresh food, delicious drinks and if you bring your camera/phone with you - you are bound to get a new profile picture on the beach!
Home to beloved names such as Café Caprice, The 41, Dizzys and many more, you are guaranteed a fun night out, or at least a sundowner or two with friends. There are many beaches you can visit while you are in Camps Bay. Oudekraal, for example, is a collection of small beaches nestled between the boulders and picnic lawns. Expect to spend a day braai-ing and relaxing by the sea.
Camps Bay Beach has been a Blue Flag beach since 2008 and has the largest stretch of white sand in the area. Lifeguards are on duty, and the beach is opposite the area's main hotels, shops and restaurants.
If you are feeling a little adventurous, there are always paths which you can take to lead you to the top of Table Mountain. Stretch those legs a bit and reap the rewards on top of one of the stunning Wonders of the World.
Lifestyle and property in Camps Bay
Property in Camps Bay is always in high demand - as the affluent suburb is popular amongst local and foreign investors. The area is known to house some South Africa’s most expensive homes, with most homes being owned by families and mature buyers. The area is highly populated and has many shopping spots and restaurants making it quite self-sustaining.
Residents of the area are accustomed to a calm lifestyle, whereas the hustle and bustle of Camps Bay is mostly contained to the Camps Bay Strip or Victoria Road as it is formerly known. Homes are built relatively close to one another, and properties on the slope of the mountain have views of the far stretching Atlantic Ocean.
Schools in Camps Bay
Residents of the gorgeous suburb are delighted that the area is home to well respected schools - Camps Bay Primary School and Camps Bay High School. Camps Bay Primary is situated on Finchley Avenue while Camps Bay High is located on Kloof Street.
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Author: Berman Brothers