Top things to do in Camps Bay
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Camps Bay is well known as one of Cape Town's ritziest suburbs. With its breathtaking beaches and sophisticated ambience, the area is both a sought-after address and a firm favourite with visitors to the Mother City. There are a number of sights and activities that make Camps Bay the firm favourite that it is - make sure you don't miss out on any of them.
Hike the Pipe Track
The Pipe Track is known for being peaceful and picturesque. With a distance of approximately 6km, the hike should take you between three and four hours, so make sure you take lots of water. It's described as an easy hike, consisting of a single rocky track with a few stone stairs. It's called the Pipe Track for a good reason - it was built in 1887 when construction workers needed to build a pipe to get water from Table Mountain's reservoirs to the City of Cape Town. As with any hiking spot, remember to take the appropriate safety precautions.
Absorb culture at Theatre on the Bay
Take in some culture at Camps Bay's aptly named Theatre on the Bay, which plays host to a variety of theatrical masterpieces. If you get there with time to spare before the show, you can have a drink or a meal while enjoying the sophisticated vibes that Camps Bay has to offer.
Soak up some sun on Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach is the sweet spot between Lion's Head and Table Mountain, where locals and visitors alike to go catch a tan, relax on the dazzling white sand or take in the spectacular sunsets. Whether you're dipping your toes into the icy Atlantic, watching the kids play frisbee or lying on a deckchair soaking up the relaxing ambience, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful beach.
Ride the waves
While Camps Bay Beach is best known for activities like volleyball and suntanning, let's not forget the opportunity to catch some waves. Camps Bay has a surf spot called Kessels which can offer a great casual surf on a warm summer's evening.
Enjoy a Camps Bay-style culinary experience
Enjoying a lazy meal at one of Camps Bay's many fine culinary establishments is a must. You'll find something to tantalise every taste bud, including mussels and oysters that have been described as the best in Africa. There's spectacular sushi on offer, as well as melt-in-your-mouth tuna steaks and fresh fish that you won't soon forget. Seafood, however, is far from the end of the culinary adventure that Camps Bay has to offer. Whether you're a fan of Indian, Italian or Mexican food, you're sure to find a restaurant you'll love. In the mood or something simple like a steak or a pizza? Camps Bay has your needs covered.
Visit a true Camps Bay icon – the Roundhouse
Still on the topic of restaurants, no trip to Camps Bay is complete without a visit to The Roundhouse. Over the passage of the last 200 or so years, the Roundhouse has transformed from a guardhouse to a hunting lodge, to a hotel and dance hall and, most recently, to an elegant eatery boasting both indoor and outdoor areas for visitors to enjoy.
Experience art, culture and shopping
As one would expect, Camps Bay offers some amazing shopping and art-appreciating opportunities. If you set aside a few hours to explore some of Camps Bay's well-loved shopping destinations, you can expect to find a range of spectacular African art, jewellery, baskets, artefacts and much more. If you're an art enthusiast, Camps Bay won't leave you disappointed, with galleries like Studio G and Rose Korber Art showcasing some of the best of what the South African art scene offers.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that the fun stops when the sun sets in Camps Bay. From cocktail bars and elegant restaurants to trendy nightclubs at which you can dance the night away, Camps Bay has after-dark entertainment covered.
In a nutshell, Camps Bay has something for everyone, whether you're an indoor person, an outdoor person or a little of both. It has developed its reputation as one of Cape Town's finest suburbs for a host of good reasons, and no trip to the Western Cape can be complete without experiencing all that Camps Bay has to offer.
Author: Chas Everitt Atlantic Seaboard