Camps Bay has long been one of Cape Towns most popular resorts. Lined with palm trees on the beach, with white sandy beaches, radiant blue sea and majestic mountains in the background, Camps Bay offers you a vacation of a lifetime. The cosmopolitan beach with its restaurants and cafes is busy all year long. The village is close to many other attractions, but Camps Bay shows a certain uniqueness enjoyed by all its guests - come and experience it yourself!
History Camps Bay
Jan van Riebeeck arrived at the Cape in 1652, sent by the Dutch East Indian company to set up a refreshment station for the fitting ships on his way to the east (see story). Shortly after arriving, he began to explore the surroundings.
He dared soon over the mountain and discovered a bay with a beautiful beach behind Table Mountain. Originally, the area was of little interest to the company, which was unsuitable for shipping with its dangerous breakers, yet attractive for farmers. By 1700, the area behind Table Mountain was known as Roodekrantz (Red Bank) because of the reddish color of the field. The area was given to John Lodewyk Wernich, Mayor of Bismarck, who built a farmhouse and called it Ravensteyn. After his death, his widow married Anna Koekemoer with Fredrik Ernst von Kamptz, who built a trail along the coast from his house to Cape Town. The farm was later used by various British governors, including Lord Charles Somerset, as a vacation home.
The French defends Camps Bay
When the US Independence War struck out in 1777, the French and Dutch were with America to fight England. Since then it was considered an important trading and supply station, both France and England sent their troops to Cape Town. The troops arrived in 1781, although the French won the competition and landed 11 days before the British.
For a long time, the war broke out between England and the Netherlands, and in the next three years, France assisted her Allies, the Dutch, in the struggle to protect Cape. As the French suggested, a fortification was built from the coast to Devils Peak and to the battery at Kloof Nek. Trenches were digged and a battery was built to lead the beach, under the Dutch command, and von Kamptzs track to Camps Bay was demolished in the process.
Bay of Von Kamptz
After the war, von Kamptz returned home to find his farm destroyed and his tracks were destroyed. He left an official complaint, but the governor refused to build the track, instead offer to buy the farm. On January 31, 1786, the government paid compensation to von Kamptz and the farm changed his hands. Within a few months two small batteries had been built.
First British occupation
Dutch power in Cape fades in the late 18th century. When the news of the Napoleonic Wars arrived in 1793, the British decided to secure the Cape. They took control of the Cape settlement in 1795, and finally hit the Netherlands 1806 in Blouberg. In 1807, Lord Charles Somerset was using the Round House building in Camps Bay as his hunting lodge.
The beauty of Camps Bay eventually became better known, from the many governors who had braved the narrow road to the beach. In 1848 a better way had passed, named Lady Smiths Pass, after the governors wife. It was later changed to Kloof Road.
Camps Bay is home to about 5500 families, with one of the best colleges in the country. It has some of the most prestigious properties in Cape Town, with priceless views. The famous Clifton beaches are nearby.
Camps Bay is probably second only to Table Mountain in its popularity for photographs and postcards. The turquoise color of the sea, along with the blue sky, the white sandy beach and the famous palm-lined beach - its just the perfect holiday paradise. The view from Lion Head is amazing, and the relatively short walk is well worth the effort.
Attractions in Camps Bay
The biggest attraction in Camps Bay is undoubtedly the unrivaled beauty of its beautiful beaches. Swimming and tanning under a light blue sky or a relaxing walk in the soft white sands are pastime as enjoyed by tourists and locals. Gourmet restaurants and cafes line the trendy beach and offer delicious refreshments and stunning views. The famous Theater on the Bay offers wonderful entertainment and there are plenty of shopping opportunities.
Camps Bay has it all - the perfect setting for a perfect vacation, combined with top-notch food, entertainment, accommodation and recreation as well as picture perfect sunsets. A popular place to spend a sunny day with Capetonians, and a dream destination for tourists, Camps Bay truly offers everything for everyone.