Camps Bay BeachCamps Bay beach is Cape Town’s answer to St Tropez and one of the many Camps Bay attractions. It offers spectacular views of Lion's Head and the Twelve Apostles and its fine white sand is packed with beautiful people, especially over weekends and during holidays. Camps Bay’s long stretch of beach is perfect for sunbathing and its open flatness means that team activities like Frisbee and social beach volleyball can also be enjoyed by the more active visitors.
The sea is, due to Camps Bay’s protected position in the bay, quite calm and good for swimming. At the southern end, you will find a tidal pool. The northern part is great for surfing. There is a stretch of lawn in front of the beach where picnics are often enjoyed. Camps Bay beach is safe, clean and family friendly.
Things to remember:
- Do not leave any valuables in your car.
- Take warm, waterproof clothing with you.
- Take drinking water with you as there is none on these trails.
- Do not walk alone.
- It is advisable to have a mobile phone with you.
Guided Bike Tours in Camps Bay
Join one of our signature guided bicycle tours around Camps Bay and Cape Town, operated by Bike & Saddle. There really is no better way to savour the charming Cape peninsula and understand the culture and heritage of the city. A selection of exclusive, tailor-made, fully guided tours and a comprehensive rental service are available.
Walking trails around Camps Bay
Starting at the top of Kloof Nek where you turn off to go to the Table Mountain cable car. This path goes along the top of Camps Bay and follows the old water pipe. It is generally a flat walk with a few ups and downs, and is a very pleasant walk. The view is spectacular over the bay and up the Twelve Apostles. There is also a trail up Table Mountain from this path called Kasteelspoort. Please note it is the only trail up the mountain from the Camps Bay side and is a strenuous uphill hike. It is well signposted and will take you all the way to Silvermine Nature Reserve past the reservoirs. Allow at least 6 hours for this trail. Stick to the path! Cable Car: Tel: +27 (0)21 424 0015 Mountain Search and Rescue Contact Number: Tel: +27 (0)21 948 9900
Take the turn-off to Signal Hill and follow this road for a short distance. A parking area will come up shortly on both sides of the road. Follow the track up and circle slowly to the top of Lions head. The first 10 minutes are a steep uphill, the path then levels off. One has to climb up some chains to reach the summit.
It is very popular among the locals to climb the mountain when it is full moon and watch the moon rise over Cape Town. Take care coming down in the dark and don’t forget a good torch and warm clothes. This walk takes approximately an hour and a half. There is another trail that starts at the end of Chilworth Road, in Camps Bay. This trail is a steep climb until it joins the main trail up the mountain.
Follow the signs from Kloof Nek Road to Round House and park outside the Stan’s Halt Youth Hostel. Follow the signs heading up the valley towards Table Mountain. This is a beautiful walk in a lovely lush valley with many trees.
The Round House was originally built for Lord Charles Somerset and was his hunting lodge. Interestingly enough though, Horak became the owner in 1813 because the house was too basic for Lord Somerset. In 1827, a William Jones was responsible for the improvements and added the veranda with the French doors and windows. In 1837 the Lodge was sold and has been operating as a hotel or restaurant ever since. It is a National Monument along with the rest of the Glen. The road running past Round House is part of the original track from the city.
Along the Sea - Victoria Road
Follow Victoria Road from Camps Bay along the coast to Sea Point. Take the steps down to Clifton 1st beach and walk along till 4th beach. Climb the stairs back to Victoria Rd and continue along the road towards Sea Point. Take your first road left down to the sea and meet up with the beginning of the Sea Point promenade. If you follow the sea you will ultimately end up at the V&A Waterfront. This is a lovely evening walk and you will join most of Cape Town out for their daily exercise.
For more information about the various Camps Bay attractions on offer, please don't hesitate to contact us.