LOCAL INFO

LOCAL INFORMATION - CAMPS BAY ATLANTIC VILLA - Cape Town

Camps Bay is the premier tourist destination in South Africa, and is magnificently located on the Atlantic Ocean, at the foot of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and adjacent to Table Mountain.

Camps Bay is a suburb of Cape Town, with a village feel, offering a convenient location only 15 minutes drive to the city center, 20 minutes from the V&A Waterfront, 30 minutes from the airport, 40 minutes from the Cape Winelands and 60 minutes from Cape Point.

You can safely walk to the Camps Bay beachfront during the day and at night.

For detailed information about Camps Bay and surrounding areas please click/tap through the tabs below.

  1. Amenities
  2. Beaches
  3. History
  4. Places Of Interest

LOCAL AMENITIES

Here is a useful list of useful amenities you may need or wish to visit along with their telephone contact numbers:

Airport

  • Cape Town International Airport: +27 (0)21 937 1275

Ambulance

  • Ambulance: 10 177
  • Netcare:911 / 082 911

Beauty

  • Camps Bay Retreat: +27 (0)21 437 8300
  • Langaro Lifestyle Centre: +27 (0)21 437 1690
  • Lavender (Thai &Chinese Massage): +27 (0)21 437 1686
  • Sorbet: +27 (0)21 437 1755
  • The Bay Hotel: +27 (0)21 430 4444
  • The Twelve Apostles Spa: +27 (0)21 437 9000

Booking Offices

  • Computicket: +27 (0)21 918 8910
  • Ticketweb: +27 (0)86 140 0500

Car Rental

  • Europe Car: +27 (0)86 113 1000
  • Excite Taxis: +27 (0)21 448 4444
  • Home Hero: +27 (0)86 000 1234
  • Nite Owls (you drink, we drive): +27 (0)861 6483695
  • Unicab: +27 (0)21 486 1600
  • Uber (download the app on your phone) : www.uber.com

Cinemas

  • NuMetro Cinema: +27 (0)86 124 6362
  • Ster Kinekor Theatres: +27 (0)82 167 89

Dentist

  • Camps Bay Dental Studio: +27 (0)21 438 1710

Doctors

  • Dr Darren Levin: +27 (0)21 438 1468
  • Dr Stuart White (Chiropractor): +27 (0)21 438 1468
  • Camps Bay Community Medics: +27 (0)21 438 4357
  • Netcare: 010 209 8911

Fire

  • Fire Protection Services: +27 (0)21 434 0030
  • There is a fire extinguisher in the passage outside the front door.

Golf Course

  • Metropolitan Golf Club: +27 (0)21 430 6011

Gym

  • Virgin Active Health Club: +27 (0)21 434 0750

Hair Salons

  • Jaxan Hair Design: +27 (0)79 538 8149
  • Langaro Lifestyle Centre: +27 (0)21 437 1690
  • Steven Alan Hair Design: +27 (0)21 438 9218
  • The Senate Hair Salon: +27 (0)21 437 0426

Hospital

  • Cape Town Medi Clinic: +27 (0)21 424 2332

Laundry/Dry Cleaners

  • Swift Dry Cleaners & Laundry: +27 (0)21 424 4024

Mountain Rescue

  • Mountain Rescue: 086 110 6417

Pharmacy

  • Lite-Kem Pharmacy: +27 (0)21 438 2088

Police

  • Camps Bay Police Station: +27 (0)21 437 8150

Restaurants & Cafés

  • Café Caprice (Beach Bar & Café): +27 (0)21 438 8315
  • Codfather (Seafood & Sushi): +27 (0)21 438 0782
  • Col’Cacchio (Pizzeria)(child friendly): +27 (0)21 438 2171
  • Del Mar (Mexican): +27 (0)21 437 0333
  • Dizzy’s (Pub & Restaurant): +27 (0)21 438 2686
  • Hard Rock Cafe: +27 (0)21 140 0007
  • Il Cappero (Italian): +27 (0)21 438 7074
  • Kauai (Taste the Island): +27 (0)21 438 4607
  • La Belle (Bistro & Bakery): +27 (0)21 437 1278
  • La Parada Del Mar: +27 (0)21 286 2106
  • Mantra Café: +27 (0)21 437 0206
  • Mynt Café: +27 (0)21 437 1765
  • Ocean Basket (Seafood)(child friendly): +27 (0)21 438 0062
  • Ocean Blue (Seafood): +27 (0)21 438 1800
  • Paranga: +27 (0)21 438 0404
  • Phuket (Sushi – Seafood – Thai): +27 (0)21 437 1617
  • Primi Piatti (Italian): +27 (0)21 438 9149
  • The 41: +27 (0)21 437 0558
  • The Bungalow (Restaurant & Lounge): +27 (0)21 438 2018
  • The Hussar Grill (Grillroom): +27 (0)21 438 0151
  • The Raj (Indian): +27 (0)21 438 4555
  • Tides @The Bay Hotel: +27 (0)21 430 4444
  • Umi Fusion (Japanese): +27 (0)21 437 1802
  • Vida e caffè (Coffee shop): +27 (0)21 438 4655
  • Zenzero (Italian) : +27 (0)21 438 0007

Sea Rescue

  • Camps Bay Sea Rescue: +27 (0)21 449 3500 / 082 990 5962

Shopping Malls/Centres

  • Canal Walk (9am – 9pm): +27 (0)21 529 9600
  • Mainstream Village and Mall (Hout Bay): +27 (0)21 790 2345
  • V&A Waterfront: +27 (0)21 408 7500

Superette / General Store / Supermarket

  • Camps Bay Continental Deli: +27 (0)21 438 5530
  • Pick‘n Pay Camps Bay: 080 011 2288

Take-Aways

  • Mr Delivery: +27 (0)21 439 9916

Theatres

  • Labia Cinemas on Orange & Kloof: +27 (0)21 424 5927
  • Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay: +27 (0)21 438 3300
  • The Fugard Theatre: +27 (0)21 461 4554

BEACHES

Lui Bay (also known as Witsand) a popular dive site, in 1977 two scrap vessels (The Antipolis And Romelia) were being towed around the cape when their tow line broke in a storm. This caused the Antipolis to run aground near Oudekraal while the Romelia floundered further south between Llandudno and Sandy Bay. The hull of the Antipolis is now visible at low tide.

Koeël Bay has an African open-air curio market, that sells hand crafted items from all over Africa.

Bakoven beach gets it name because of a large rock just off-shore with what appears as oven door in its side. There are several sheltered coves located in Bakoven, which is hidden between Camps Bay and Llandudno. Bakoven has a small residential community with properties that that benefit from having bay windows built on the sand.
Contrasting to Camps Bay's expansive linear stretch this sheltered beach bay has medium blue waters with kelp forests and rock pools perfect for toy fishing nets. The ocean is cool to the touch, tanning space is limited and the ambiance is calm. This exclusive beach experience has the luxury of privacy but lacks public amenities, so bring your own cool-bag and sunscreen and share the Cape sun and skies with a view of her mountains from this bayside gem.
Bakoven gets its name 'Baking oven' after an off shore rock of that shape the name is Dutch in origin. There is a Sea rescue base (NSRI) stationed here and a popular swimming beach is off Beta Close. In the early 1940s a row of beach front houses were erected to house honored members of the South African Army who fought during World War II. Many of these old houses still stand and are now registered as South African National Heritage Sites.

Camps Bay Beach, a Blue Flag Beach since 2008 is the largest white sand beach in Camps Bay. There is a seasonal life guard station with toilets at the west end of the beach. The beach is opposite Camps Bay's main tourist hub, featuring multiple hotels, restaurants, and shops.

Glen Beach, at the far right of Camps Bay beach, hidden behind large boulders is Camps Bay's best surfing beach. Short, fast rides and a small take-off area makes Glen Beach one of the hardest of Cape Town's beach breaks to surf and has resulted in a strong local atmosphere.

HISTORY

Camps Bay, Cape Town has an extremely rich and interesting history. Today Camps Bay is the very definition of seaside elegance, with some of the best Cape Town accommodations being situated in Camps Bay.

The first residents of Camps Bay were the San (Hunter Gatherers) and the Goringqhaique, Khoi pastorates. When Jan van Riebeek established a refreshment station for the VOC (Dutch East India Company), the 12 Apostles were covered in forests with lion, leopard and antelope. In competition with the more recent settlers, the Gringqhaique lost their grazing lands on the south east slopes of Table Mountain and in 1657 were restricted to Camps Bay.

By 1713 the number of Gringqhaique population had been reduced by measles and smallpox. All that was left of their settlement was an old kraal (Oudekraal). The area was then granted to John Lodewyk Wernich and passed from father to son. Johan Wernich married Anna Koekemoer, who on his death in 1778, married a sailor, Fredrick Ernst von Kamptz. When rumours of their marriage spread the area it was widely believed that Frederik wanted to marry Anna for her money. It was after this that the area became known as “Die Baai van von Kamptz”. Eventually this name was translated to English and became Camps Bay.

For most of the 1800s Camps Bay was undeveloped. Lord Charles Somerset used the area for hunting and used the Roundhouse as his lodge. Kloof Road was built in 1848 and in 1884 Thomas Bain was commissioned to build a road from Sea Point to Camps Bay using convict labour.

The road was completed in 1887 and named Victoria road to honour Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1888. The road allowed people to cycle out to Camps Bay which had gained popularity as a picnic site. This led to the development, in 1901 of the Camps Bay tramway to bring people out for the day and with it the development of the tidal pools, the Rotunda (now the Bay Hotel) and a pavilion for concerts and shows.

In 1913 Camps Bay was incorporated into Cape Town although it was still seen as a recreational area rather than a residential area.

Camps Bay only grew after this and eventually became the place we know today – a place of elegance and beauty. Camps Bay attracts many tourists each year with its fancy restaurants and beautiful beaches. It offers some of the best Cape Town accommodation and is well worth a visit. Camps Bay is made up of a collection of tiny beaches sheltered amongst the boulders and a well established picnic area with lawns, Braais, covered seating areas with tables, benches and public toilets.

PLACES OF INTEREST

  • Lion's Head- Lion's Head is a mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill. Lion's Head peaks at 669 metres above sea level.
  • Camps Bay Beach & Promenade
  • Table Mountain- Table Mountain is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa, and is featured in the Flag of Cape Town and other local government insignia.
  • The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range
  • City Sightseeing Bus- Hop on and hop off the double-decker red bus and discover Cape Town. The best way to get to Table Mountain and back, our family-friendly bus offers informative audio commentary about Cape Town's major attractions in 15 languages, with a special audio channel just for kids. City Sightseeing tours are the easiest and most fun way to see the sights! - https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town
  • Harbour Bay Market- Hout Bay - Weekend market. Address: 31 Harbour Rd, Hout Bay, Cape Town, 7872 Hours: Friday 4PM to 9PM, Saturday and Sunday 9:30AM to 4PM Phone: 083 275 5586
  • Hout Bay Harbour- Boat trips to Seal Island, restaurants and curio shops
  • Groot Constantia- Groot Constantia is the oldest wine estate in South Africa and provincial heritage site in the suburb of Constantia in Cape Town, South Africa. "Groot" in Dutch and Afrikaans translates as "great" in English. Address: Groot Constantia Rd, Constantia, Cape Town, 7806 Phone: 021 794 5128
  • V&A Waterfront- The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town has sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, Table Bay Harbour, the City of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Adrian van der Vyver has been credited with the design of the waterfront that is tourist friendly. Address: V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 Hours: 9AM–9PM, Phone: 021 408 7600
  • Boulder Beach (penguins)- Boulders Beach is a sheltered beach made up of inlets between granite boulders, from which the name originated. It is located in the Cape Peninsula, near Simon's Town towards Cape Point, near Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. he Western Cape province of South Africa. Address: 1 Kleintuin Rd, Simons Town, 7995 Phone: 021 786 2329
  • Kirstenbosch Gardens- Kirstenbosch is a famous botanical garden nestled at the eastern foot of Table Mountain in Cape Town. The garden is one of nine National Botanical Gardens covering five of South Africa's six different biomes. Address: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735 Phone: 021 799 8783
  • Cape Point- Cape Point is a promontory at the southeast corner of the Cape Peninsula, which is a mountainous and scenic landform that runs north-south for about thirty kilometres at the extreme southwestern tip of the African continent in the Republic of South Africa....Address: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Town, 7995 Phone: 021 780 9010
  • Robben Island- Robben Island is an island in Table Bay, 6.9 km west of the coast of Bloubergstrand, Cape Town, South Africa. The name is Dutch for "seal island." Nobel Laureate and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned there for 18 of the 27 years he served behind bars before the fall of apartheid.
  • Aquila Safari- The Aquila Private Game Reserve is a game reserve in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Aquila has animals such as the springbok, lion, Cape porcupine, Chacma baboon, leopard, and African elephant. Address: R46 Ceres, Ceres Road, Touws River, 6880 Phone: 021 430 7260 Hours: Open 24 hours
  • The Two Oceans Aquarium- The Two Oceans Aquarium is an aquarium located at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. Address: Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 Phone: 021 418 3823
  • Stellenbosch Wine Route- Waterford Wine Estate, Dornier, Hidden Valley, Rust en Vrede, Dombeya, Overture, Terroir, De Companje, Delaire Graff, Tokara, Neethlingshof, Asara, Spier, Meerlust, Cavalli Wine & Stud Farm, Root 44, JC Le Roux
  • Franschoek Wine Route- Babylonstorien Wine Estate, Babel, Green House, Kooperasie Stores, Boschendal, Franschhoek Motor Museum, Fyndraai, Pierneef a la Motte, La Motte Wine Estate, Grande Provence, Exotic Plant Company, Leopard's Leap, Cap Classique Route, Haute Cabriere, La Petitie Ferme.
  • Paarl- Fairview Cheese & Wine Farm, The Spice Route
  • Cycling, walking, running and hiking- keen walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists of all ages will find a number of beautiful routes to explore and enjoy some of the best views the cape has to offer.