Cape Town’s trendiest suburb, Camps Bay lies on the city’s scenic Western Cape, with a spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain National Park and the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range. With its white sand beach and palm tree-lined promenade, this sublime coastal stretch attracts both locals and visitors. Situated in this stylish spot, the elegant Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is the ideal base from which to explore. Next time you travel to Cape Town, take a look at our top things to do in Camps Bay.
Of the string of small beaches spanning Cape Town’s coast, Camp’s Bay is one of the most popular. This sublime stretch of Atlantic coastline draws people in to revel in its sophisticated beach scene while taking in the breathtaking views. Stylish restaurants and bars face out to sea from the beachfront promenade, beach revellers play volleyball and picnickers find a space to unwind, while surfers seek out the biggest waves at the beach’s far northern end.
With such an enticing backdrop, it would be a shame not to get to know the natural surroundings, and luckily, a number of extraordinarily scenic trails lead through this landscape. Pipe Track – so called for following the route of an old water pipe – begins at Kloof Nek, then follows the old water pipe across the top of Camps Bay with the Twelve Apostles on one side and a view over the bay on the other.
By setting out from Chilworth Road in Camps Bay, hikers can also follow the trail up to the top of 669-metre mountain, Lion’s Head. Lying within Table Mountain National Park, between Table Mountain and Signal Hill, the peak offers incredible views over Cape Town and the Atlantic shores. For a more leisurely hike, walk along Victoria Road from Camps Bay to follow the coastal road all the way to Sea Point, another of Cape Town’s coastal suburbs.
Eco-active travel company Bike & Saddle, offer guided hikes, kayaking and cycling tours, including cycle routes that take in Camps Bay. The three-hour coastal ride, Darwin’s Trail, navigates the Cape Peninsula’s promenades and bays, with panoramic views along the way. After reaching Mouille Point Lighthouse, cyclists return via Cape Town’s historic waterfront. For unrivalled ocean views, sign up for the Sunrise or Sunset Cape Town Cycle, which leads cyclists along the spectacular coastline, including the Camps Bay stretch.
Of the Bay’s many stylish eating and drinking spots, The Atlantic Camps Bay Club is one of the most enticing. Located just off the promenade, the club has outdoor decking with views over the water where patrons can tuck into gourmet burgers and sip on Atlantic cocktails as the sun goes down. Over on the promenade, Paranga combines an elegant interior with a breezy beach-facing terrace for seafood plates like grilled kingklip, langoustine, fresh oysters and sushi. Champagne, wine and cocktails are the focus here, with signature drinks like the Pineapple Express and the Sundowner.
Having opened in 1987, Blues Restaurant & Bar is one of the suburb’s stalwart venues, with the fresh appeal of a recent renovated. Seafood is king here – with dishes like the shellfish extravaganza, encompassing west coast crayfish, Mozambican langoustines, prawns and west coast mussels – but the open kitchen also puts out meat dishes like venison Taguata. After sundown, many move on to catch a show at the Theatre on the Bay, which hosts plays, musicals and comedies within its striking auditorium.
Back at the hotel, guests can follow a cocktail at sunset with a dinner in Azure Restaurant and a movie in the private cinema, or perhaps even opt for Astronomy Gastronomy, combining fine dining with a stargazing experience. However guests choose to spend their time, the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa will ensure that they enjoy the best things to do in Camps Bay.
Image credits: Cover photo of Camps Bay © iStock / Michal Krakowiak. Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles © iStock / David Callan. The restaurant and bar scene on Camps Bay © Flickr / Paul Scott. A view of Lions Head © iStock / Graham Bedingfield. Volleyball on the beach at Camps Bay © Flickr / Max Barners.