About Camps Bay
Camps Bay is a suburb of Cape Town in the Western Cape with a village feel to it, which attracts a large number of local and foreign visitors. It is located at the foot of the Twelve Apostles mountain range next to Table Mountain on the Atlantic Ocean. Camps Bay is only 15 minutes drive to the Cape Town City Centre and 30 minutes drive to the airport. The suburb is an ideal location from which to explore Cape Town.
Camp Bay is on two MyCiti bus routes as well as the hop-on-hop-off City SightSeeing bus routes. You will find over 20 restaurants and accommodation establishments in Camps Bay, offering typical South African hospitality and spectacular views. Couples from around the world are coming to Camps Bay for their fairy tale wedding venue and many couples choose to give their vows on Camps Bay beach.
Camps Bay got its name from Frederick Ernst van Von Kamptz who originally named it “Die Baai van Von Kamptz”. The first residents of Camps Bay were the San and the Khoi, and when Jan van Riebeeck established a refreshment station here, the 12 Apostles were covered in forests with lions, leopards and antelope. The area remained largely undeveloped for most of the 1800’s and was used by Lord Charles Somerset for hunting. The Camps Bay tramway was developed in 1901 to bring people out for the day to the beach. Camps Bay was incorporated into Cape Town in 1913 although it was still seen as a recreational area rather than a residential area.
The Camps Bay Beach has been a Blue Flag Beach since 2008 and has a seasonal lifeguard station with toilets. On the beach you can rent loungers or umbrellas for a day of lazing in the sun, get a massage, or play volleyball. The beach is situated opposite Camps Bay’s main tourist hub with a variety of hotels, shops and restaurants. There is often street entertainment as the sun goes down. Another of Camps Bay’s beaches, Glen Beach is known as Camps Bay’s best surfing beach. The Camps Bay Pipe Track Walk is one of Camps Bay’s most popular attractions. The trail starts at the top Kloof Nek and follows an old water pipe all along the mountain above Camps Bay.