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The stunning setting, pristine white sands and dazzling blue waters leave no doubt as to why Camps Bay Beach was awarded Blue Flag Beach status. One of the few Cape Town beaches on the Western Seaboard that is not protected from the south east wind, Camps Bay Beach is still very popular and quite frenetic with families, stylish singles, tourists, the lot.Camps Bay Beach is really wide, backed by a row of palm trees, a busy road and a bank of fashionable restaurants and coffee shops that overlook the beach. And it's one of the best sunset spots. In the summer months it’s not uncommon to spot famous faces who are regular visitors to Cape Town with the paparazzi lurking incognito behind beach umbrellas.Mediterranean and vibey, the ultra wide Camps Bay Beach hosts numerous events like the international beach volleyball tournaments and the popular Summer Beach Festival. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer and beach vendors stroll about supplying beach bums with ice creams and cold drinks.If you have young kids or just hate munching sand with your picnic, then grab a spot on the lawn next to the tidal pool – you can even braai here and children can swim safely without fear of being swept off to Australia. And if you’re feeling energetic, there’s a great walk from Camps Bay Beach to neighbouring Glen Beach, a stunning little cove with good surf. From there you can stroll past Maiden's Cove, Bachelor's Cove and finally to Clifton 4th Beach. Take Victoria Road for a brisk march back to Camps Bay beachfront.At the end of a tough day soaking up the sun’s rays, wander over to one of the many stylish beachfront restaurants and bars for sun-downers and the spectacular sunsets.
Depending on how relaxed you take it, the open-ended walk from Gifkommetjie to Platboom should take 1.5 – 2 hours. Staring at the Gifkommetjie parking area, the trail leads to the coast and then south along the shore. The route explores wonderful sections of coastal dune vegetation, marshlands and pans.
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Distance: 5 km
Table Mountain National Park
The out-and-back route from Constantia Nek to the five historic dams on the top of Table Mountain is a popular weekend hike. It’s all uphill to the top of Table Mountain but the trail is very easy and uncomplicated.
Park your vehicle at Constantia Nek and start in the southern section of Cecilia Forest. The walk ends at the Helly-Hutchinson Dam and Waterworks Museum.
Duration: 2 hours (one way)
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Distance: 4 km
A popular activity for all ages, anyone will enjoy a good laugh or two testing their putting skills on this friendly course.
The course has two 18-hole courses available. A small entry fee will equip you with a simple putter, score card and colourful ball. Larger groups of 10 or more will net you a small discount per person. The kiosk also doubles as a tuck shop so you can acquire your favourite snack after a game.
As an added fun element, if you manage to score a hole-in-one on the last hole, you'll be awarded a discount on your next game.
The beautiful Atlantic Beach Golf Course is an 18-hole links-style course, just 700 metres from the beach.
Complete with lovely views of the ocean and Table Mountain, few courses can match the sheer pleasure of playing this course. This is a full championship course with training and driving facilities.
Go splashing through the surf, enjoying a sunset horse ride along 7 km of powder white beach. Noordhoek’s Long Beach is arguably the best beach horse ride anywhere in the world!
There are currently three commercial horse riding establishments in the area. With their vast knowledge of horse riding and horses, Chris and Louise Spengler (the owners of Afton Grove) will be able to direct their in-house guests to the stable best suited to their needs, whether you are a complete novice or an accomplished rider.
As this is an extremely popular activity, it’s advisable to book your ride at the same time as booking your stay at Afton Grove. There is also the option of a one-hour bush ride for the 8 – 14 year olds and 30-minute pony rides for the 2 – 8 years old.
Trail guides accompany up to six riders. Over weekends on the morning and late afternoon trails up to eight riders can be accommodated with two trail guides, however arrangements need to be made in advance.
Riding experience is not essential as horses are allocated according to skill, however you need to bear in mind that horse riding is considered an extreme sport and in accordance with SANParks regulations no galloping is allowed on the beach and the ride will be kept at a walk.
Guests may wish to visit a local racing stable (by arrangement) or stud farms further a field. As our valued in-house guest, speak to us about your particular interest and let us arrange a visit on your behalf.
Nauticat Charters operates from Hout Bay Harbour and is open to the public 365 days a year. They offer daily cruises to the seal colony off the coast of Hout Bay. The lower deck boasts glass windows that offer amazing underwater scenery - a real adventure. The boat can be rented for private functions.
Imhoff Equestrian Centre offers horse enthusiasts a wonderful ride through Noordhoek's beautiful scenery.
This is a 2-hour guided beach ride on Noordhoek Beach, which is commonly accompanied by sightings of birds, whales, dolphins, otters and seals. The Kakapo shipwreck is also an interesting sight to see. This lovely scenic ride also promises great views of the coast and surrounding mountains.
The centre caters for all ages over 12 years old and for all levels, from beginners to advanced riders. Bookings are essential.
Start at Slangkop Lighthouse and take the boardwalk up though a short section of milkwood forest. This soon becomes a well-maintained rocky path up to the Main Road from Kommetjie to Scarborough and Cape Point.
Cross this road with caution on the blind corner and take the zigzagging path up to the top. It’s worth stopping along the way to gaze at the ever-expanding views of the Kom and across the ocean to Hout Bay, Table Mountain and Chapman’s Peak.
At the top are the oddly shaped ruins of the WWII Slangkop Radar Station and Cobra Camp barracks. If you get to the viewpoint before sunset, you’ll be rewarded with the sight of the Slangkop Lighthouse beaming while the sun disappears behind the ocean.
Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours
Distance: 2 km
Table Mountain National Park
Skeleton Gorge offers one of the steepest but loveliest routes to the top of Table Mountain. Starting from Kirstenbosch, the trail climbs through dense indigenous forest and passes a waterfall.
Wooden ladders have been placed at steep sections. Be prepared to do some scrambling over slippery rocks. After emerging from the forest, look back to see the knockout views across False Bay.
At the top of Skeleton Gorge, follow Smuts Track towards Table Mountain. From here, it’s jaw dropping cliff-top views all the way to Maclear’s Beacon, the highest point on Table Mountain. On a clear day you’ll have 360-degree views over the entire Peninsula. From Maclear’s, the walk to the Cableway Station is flat and easy. Other options are retracing your steps or descending via Platteklip Gorge.
Duration: 4 hours (not so fit)
Distance: 4 km
Warning: Avoid this hike during or after heavy rain
Sports Stadiums Clubs
The stunning location of Cape Town Stadium is just a stone's throw from the ocean with the mountains of Cape Town forming the backdrop for matches.
The location couldn't be more ideal as it is a short walk from the transportation hub of the city. One of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, five first-round matches, one second-round match, one quarterfinal and one semifinal kicked off at Cape Town Stadium.
A fundamental upgrade transformed the old Green Point Stadium into a multi-purpose sports facility situated between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean in Cape Town's seaboard suburb of Green Point.
Cape Town Stadium was completed at the end of 2009 and provides seating for 70 000 people. It features a retractable dome to shelter spectators and players should Cape Town's unpredictable winter weather become unfavourable.
Galleries and Museums
Kalk Bay Theatre offers a unique evening of entertainment. The 78-seat theatre and restaurant is situated in the quaint Kalk Bay Dutch Reformed church. Built in 1876 and also a heritage protected building, the old church has been lovingly converted into an intimate theatre with the restaurant on the upper floor.
Dinner, theatre and quality time with friends is found under the same roof. Patrons arrive from 18:45 and are directed upstairs to the restaurant. The open-plan restaurant has been designed to give the customer a feel of eating in a warm, family kitchen. The wooden tables and chairs are set around a gallery, allowing customers to look down onto the stage below. There are usually two set menu choices of three course meals or diners can cherry-pick dishes off the menu.
If you choose a three course meal, the starter and the main course are served before the show and the desert and coffee is served after the performance. Patrons make their way down to the theatre after their main meal and return to the restaurant for their desert and coffee. Drinks may be taken into the theatre. The menu is vegetarian friendly. Specific dietary requirements will, wherever possible, be catered for provided advance warning is given. KBT is licensed. Corkage is charged at R20 per bottle.
The ground floor theatre has 78 comfortable seats crafted out of beech wood and modelled around the comfortable Morris chair. The theatre is a thrust stage with the audience on three sides. This allows for a very intimate theatrical experience. Shows usually run for four to eight weeks in the venue. Performances are from Wednesday to Saturday night (and sometimes Sundays as well) at 20:30. Shows are normally announced by email and on www.kbt.co.za.
Situated 31 floors above Cape Town's city center, 31 offers nightlife like no other with awesome views of, Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, and out as far as Somerset West. Catering to valued international and local clientele, 31 has the status of an international nightclub. Expect a gorgeous crowd, views and the hottest new music.
Liebermann Pottery retails a vast collection of ceramics – traditional tableware designed and developed by Sammy and Mary Liebermann, rare porcelain from the Far East, functional ware from Africa and South East Asia, garden planters of all kinds, bric-a-brac, and collectables. The shop is set on a smallholding featuring an organic veggie shop, and indigenous garden.
Open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 10:00 – 18:00, Weekend 10:00 – 15:00.
Kommetjie is a small village with a large tidal pool 'The Kom', and a really lovely long beach - also called Long Beach, but with far better reason than the one near Simon's Town. Long Beach is a very popular surfing and dog-walking beach. There is a great walk that passes a well preserved 1900 ship wreck, the Kakapo, and you can continue all the way to Noordhoek Beach, at the foot of scenic Chapman's Peak.
Another great walk is around Bird Island at the Kommetjie slipway where boats are launched during 'kreef' season. From here you can stroll along the catwalk until you reach the Outer Kom, one of the famous surf spots. A lovely boardwalk starts here and follows the shore to Slangkop lighthouse and then continues up to a WW II radar station on top of the mountain with sweeping views of the elegant Slangkop lighthouse against the wild ocean backdrop as well as the rugged coastline all the way to Cape Point to the south west and Hout Bay to the north east.