The very first residents of Camps Bay were the San, (Hunter Gatherers), and the imposing peaks of the Twelve Apostles were covered in forestland, teeming with lion, leopard and antelope. For most of the 1800s Camps Bay remained undeveloped. Kloof Road was built in 1848 and the road from Sea Point to Camps Bay was completed in 1887, and named Victoria Road in honour of Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1888. People could now cycle out to Camps Bay to relax and picnic and this led to the development, in 1901, of the Camps Bay tramway and subsequently the tidal pools, the Rotunda (now the Bay Hotel) and a pavilion for concerts and shows. In 1913 Camps Bay was finally incorporated into Cape Town, although it was still seen as largely as a recreational rather than a residential area.
Camps Bay – is synonymous with pristine white sand and sparkling sea. Enjoy the tidal pool, the Blue Flag beach and proximity to an extensive choice of bars and restaurants. No dogs between 9am and 6pm.
Clifton - named from First to Fourth the Clifton Beaches are separated by falls of granite boulders which offer protection from the wind, making them popular for sunbathing, swimming and general fun! The strongest surf is at First, whilst Fourth is a Blue Flag beach and the most popular with families. No dogs on Fourth, but they are allowed on First in a demarcated running area.
Llandudno - parking for 35 cards and also a Blue Flag beach; only the stronger surfers may enjoy the powerful breakers, but this beach is an exquisite spot for sundowners.
Bakoven – a small section of white sand surrounded on either side by rocks and boulders. A secluded little bay is a great place for sunbathing and relaxing in the summer heat, with the superb backdrop of the Twelve Apostles. No dogs.
NB alcohol is not permitted on the beaches
Eat and Drink – with Views!
For a drink, snack or full blown meal with a breathtaking ocean view and lively vibe, try:
Zenzero – 021 438 0007
Paranga - 021 438 0404
The Grand Rooms – 021 438 4253
Café Caprice, (something of a local institution!) – 021 438 8315
—all on Victoria Road
The Bungalow – (Clifton) – 021 438 2018 – has a glorious beachfront spot and a cool, relaxing layout.
Vida e Caffe – Victoria Road
Deli@the Bay, (Bay Hotel) – 021 430 4444
Sinful Ice Cream Emporium
Victoria Road, inside the Promenade
- 021 438 3541
Theatre on the Bay – a stylish and cosy theatre offering a range of local and international talent performing drama, musicals, comedy and cabaret. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink in the well-stocked bar, or a delicious, seasonal dinner in the Act I Theatre Café, which is open both before and after the show
Tel: 021 483 3301
Police – SAPS Camps Bay
Victoria Rd, Bakoven, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
+27 21 437 8140
Camps Bay Paramedics – 021 438 HELP (4357)
Camps Bay 24 HR Emergency Line – +27 (0) 21 438 2000
National Sea Rescue – 021 449 3500
Taxi – Sport Taxi
021-447-4444/0861 – 24 hour call centre
Lite Kem, Shop 20 and 21, the Promenade, Victoria Road
021 438 2088
106 = Waterfront Silo-Civic Centre-Camps Bay, (clockwise)
107 = Waterfront Silo-Civic Centre-Camps Bay (anticlockwise)
You need a Myconnect card loaded with money for travel, available from MyCiTi stations and selected retailer.
www.myciti.org.za or 0800 65 64 63
Piknpay – Beach Road, open 7 days per week, 8am-8pm
The Continental Deli – corner of Rottingdean and Camps Bay Drive – open 7 days per week, 7am-9pm
Corner of Rontree Ave and Camps Bay Drive
http://www.campsbayinfo.com/services.htm – for lots of information about local Camps Bay services including Doctors and Dentists
General numbers/info (Cape Town)
Netcare 911 – 082 911
Doctors Direct – 072 137 1363
Cape Town Medi-Clinic – 021 464 5555
Cape Town Weather – 082 234 6390