Camps Bay

Camps Bay

This charming coastal suburb lies along the Atlantic Ocean and is framed by the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. It was named after a retired sailor, Friedrich von Kamptz, who settled in the area in 1778. The palm-lined beachfront with its many restaurants and coffee shops has a permanent holiday atmosphere.

Further along the coastal road the grand profiles of the Twelve Apostles (Table Mountain’s western buttresses) can be seen jutting out like the prows of ancient ships.

Adventure And Sport

Beaches: Camps Bay and Clifton’s world-renowned beaches are favoured by high society sun-lovers. Camps Bay Beach with its long white stretch of sand, palm trees, tidal pool and braai (barbecue) area is popular for family activities. The surf is strong and there is no lifeguard but a rescue helicopter flies regular patrols. Since the beach is not protected from the wind, it is not suitable for paddle-skiers or surfers. To reach the beach, follow Victoria Road from Sea Point past Clifton.

Hiking: Experience the natural beauty of the area by following the Pipe Track, a walk that starts at Kloofnek.

Oudekraal: This point is a popular picnic spot along the coastal road from Camps Bay to Llandudno. Its small beaches offer safe swimming and its very deep water is well suited for scuba-diving.

History And Architecture

Bellsfontein Kramat: This beautiful shrine was built in honour of the Islamic holy man Nureelmobeen.

Round House: The house was a hunting lodge built for Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of the Cape in the nineteenth century. It looks out over Camps Bay and houses a restaurant where visitors can relax and enjoy the magnificent view

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