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Camps Bay, South Africa

Sitting under the shadow of Table Top Mountain Camps Bay is South Africa’s premier vacation destination. Pick one of FlipKeys top properties to make sure you have your best trip yet!

With incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and down the Cape Peninsula it will come as no surprise to learn that Camps Bays is South Africa’s equivalent to St Tropez.

About Camps Bay

Blessed with a beautiful beach and palm tree-lined promenade full of chic cafes and reservation-only restaurants, Camps Bay is the perfect base for your South African adventure.

Up until Queen Victoria’s jubilee in 1887, the area that is called Camps Bay today was undeveloped and used for hunting. A road was completed to coincide with the Queen's jubilee, allowing the residents of Cape Town to cycle to Camps Bay and picnic on the beach.

As the popularity of Camps Bay grew, a tram line was built to ferry people back and forth to what was now a South African seaside resort.

Camps Bay has continued to grow in popularity over the years, firmly establishing itself as the Cape’s most desired address while being granted Blue Beach status for its impeccable white sand beach in 2008.

Geared today towards an upmarket clientele, the local authorities go out of their way to ensure visitors safety by creating an environment where you can stroll the beach and promenade day or night.

What to do in Camps Bay

During the hot summer months, the wide flat beach at Camps Bay is perfect for working on your tan or playing sports such as volleyball or frisbee, while the nearby Glens Beach is rated as the best Cape Town beach for surfing.

No visit to Cape Town would be complete without riding the cable car to the top of Table Top Mountain.

Take a scenic one hour drive to the Cape’s historic wine estates and sample the best wines South Africa has to offer.

Dive with the sharks. Cape Town boasts 40 species of sharks in its waters and offers tourists the chance to get up close to the action in purposefully built steel cages.

Be sure to visit the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town where you will find trendy boutiques and restaurants that promote the best of South African cuisine.

Top Camps Bay travel tips

The best time to visit Camps Bay is during the summer (March to October) for the beach, but truth be told, if the beach is not your main priority, Cape Town is a great year-round destination.

Cape Town is relatively safe compared to many other cities, but it pays to stay vigilant and behave as you would in any other major city.

Boat tours are a huge business in Cape Town and while many may mention Robben Island as part of their itinerary, the only ones that actually land on Robben Island are the ferries operated by the museum.

Despite seeming a bit too touristy, the red double decker hop-on-hop-off bus is excellent value allowing you to tour the city at your own pace for one fixed price. Buy your ticket on Viator and save!

Camps Bay is an incredible part of Cape Town, and with FlipKey offering great deals on a wide array of accommodation on and around the beach, you’re sure to find a vacation rental that suits all your needs.