Cape Towns surrounding areas
Camps Bay gets its name from Frederick von Kamptz, a sailor who landed in the area in the late 1770's. Kamptz married the widow of the owner of the original farm which stood on the land where Camps Bay is today.
Camps Bay is built on the slopes of the 12 Apostles, and boasts fabulous views of the Atlantic Ocean. The beach at Camps Bay is beautiful although the water is pretty cold all year round, there is a large tidal pool and it is quite safe for children, this is a very popular and fashionable family beach. The well known Theatre on the Bay is found in Camps Bay.
Clifton boasts 4 beaches separated by boulders; these are some of the most fashionable beaches in the country - again with pretty cold water! Some of the first houses to be built in the area were built as emergency housing after the First World War - quite a turnaround to today, when these houses sell for tremendous amounts of money! The area surrounding Camps Bay is a scenic and botanical reserve. The area is mainly residential but is well worth a visit to see some of the engineering feats that it must have taken to get the houses there! Rooftop parking is a common sight and look out for the lifts which carry residents up the cliff face to their homes.
Bantry Bay is next to Clifton and is also a mainly residential are with many large sea front hotels and large homes built onto the steep slopes. There was a terraced Botanical Garden in the area in the 1800's although this has vanished through years of building work since the first home was built there in the 1920's. Bantry Bay is named after Bantry Bay on the rugged west coast if Ireland.
Jan van Riebeeks party discovered the area now known as Hout bay in the 1650's, the name comes from the many cypress trees which were growing in the area, Hout Bay means Wood Bay. Battery's were built at Hout Bay by the French to try and prevent a British invasion during the American War of Independence - remains of these buildings still stand today. As you drive to Hout Bay from the Chapman's Peak road you will see the bronze leopard mounted on rocks overlooking the bay, this was created by late sculptor Ivan Mitford-Barberton. Dwarfed by mountains on all sides, Hout Bay one of only a few areas in South Africa which is surrounded by national parks. The Hout Bay bird park is worth a visit, and down at the harbour boat trips are offered to seal island, whale viewing can also be enjoyed during the autumn and winter months.
Noordhoek means North Glen and has undoubtedly one of the longest, widest and most beautiful stretches of beach in the Cape, extending for over 8 kilometres to Kommetjie. It is too big to ever be crowded and is perfect for long sunset walks. The surf is excellent when the south-easter blows and always popular with surfers. The mountain slopes are very green, densely overgrown with coastal fynbos. Beach horse rides are popular and the village has a popular shopping centre as well as many cafes and restaurants.
Situated between two mountains and two oceans Fish Hoek is well known for its white sandy beach. Simon's Town is also famous for the fact that no alcohol was sold at shops or bars; this law was laid down by Lord Somerset in 1919 - you could bring and drink your own alcohol but were not able to buy any! This benefited the town as there was a minimal crime rate. Today many restaurants and sports clubs are licensed although there is no bottle store. Simon's Town offers the visitor many activities such as swimming, surfing, sailing, canoeing & surfing. International Life Saving events are frequently held here.