South Africa – Camps Bay: The Dutch arrived in 1652, and at the time, the only inhabitants of that area were the indigenous San and Khoi people. They lived on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles that were covered in forests. It was home to a wide variety of fauna. Anne Koekemoer, the young widow of Johan Wernich, married a German sailor Fredrick Ernst Von Kamptz, the landowners of Camps Bay. Small pox became a problem during those times, and this had a devastating effect on the Khoi tribe who mostly died as a result. Those that were left lived in the Oudekraal area.
Camps bay, known as the trendiest fashionable suburbs of Cape Town, which is nestled between the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s head, and the cold Atlantic Ocean, offers guests and residents a small town atmosphere.
A thirty-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport will bring you to the popular Camps Bay. A ten-minute drive will get you to the famous Waterfront. Camps Bay is close to main roads, with easy accessible routes to the Cape Inland and Wine Lands or further hot-spots along the coast.
Camps bay is a lively tourist attraction, year round, with an exciting atmosphere. Most places are close to the unspoiled beaches and the trendy beachfront. The cold Atlantic waters are home to dolphins and whales and there is always a real possibility of viewing these magnificent creatures from the sandy beach. During the summer months, the beaches are packed with the young and trendy who enjoy the lovely South African weather. Many tourist enjoy soaking up the sun and/or mingling with the pavement culture.
The trendy restaurants, bistros and cafe’s lined along the promenade, offering a wide variety of specialty and local foods are popular places to dine. Altogether, they’re a distinctive blend of sophisticated elegance and casual comfort.
There is easy access to clothing stores, pharmacies, and other basic shops. Nightclubs are a must, as they offer fabulous entertainment. The Theater on the Bay offers outstanding local production shows and is always a must place to visit.
For the more serious and religious visitors, there is a wide variety of diverse churches including a Jewish Synagogue; all offering a historical impact upon the visitors to this amazing location.
Camps Bay offers World-class accommodation, architecturally stunning apartments set in picturesque settings offering easy access in and out of this small town atmosphere. Included are luxurious fully serviced apartments offering complete comfort and style, with delightful ocean views and spectacular sunsets. There are a selection of apartments set about the wooded area near the Glen forest reserve, which verges on and in the Camps Bay, with views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Lion’s Head. There are also the superbly designed hotels offering five star luxuries in an unsurpassed setting and which include rejuvenating spas treatments for an ultimate relaxing holiday. Unique cocktail bars and elegant dining restaurants all with breathtaking views gives this hot-spot its own unique flavor.
An abundance of day and night actives, the cafe’s sun-downer spots, cocktail venues, excellent restaurants are places to visit. Cascading swimming pools and fantastic outdoor entertaining areas with Open-air concerts bring to mind a fun-filled atmosphere. Picnic spots and snack restaurants catering to appetites for both adults and children. Plenty of sporting activities for the active visitor includes a variety of sports, such as cricket, soccer, golf, and other interesting outdoor activities.
Take a tour of nearby enjoyable places like the famous Table Mountain. Enjoy a trip to the top of the mountain in a spacious and safe cable car and view the spectacular city and coastal spots. A must see place is the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, offering a view of distinguished varieties of original foliage.
A visit to the Jewish and Holocaust museum, the District 6 museum among others are a must to delve into the intriguing history of this beautiful city. The Castle of Good Hope and Cultural History Museum is a beneficial tour.
The South African history makes this an extraordinarily colorful destination, and there are plenty of interesting places to discover including a trip to Robben Island and a visit to the infamous townships. Exploring the Hout Bay area and taking a trip to seal island is a must experience for everyone.
Oh, and least we forget, Camps Bay is a delightful memorable place to visit.
Written by Laura Oneale