Camps Bay Highlights: Tourist Treasures or Traps?

Camps Bay in South Africa is no exception. Travelers are always on the hunt for must sees in every country they visit. First off, finding a gem of a self catering villa is normally the first stop towards holiday heaven. Once you’ve got a luxurious home away from home you can put down your bags and go exploring. Of course, there are the well known iconic spots you’ve always wanted to see. Are they worth it? Lets visit them one by one and see.


Many countries have tourist traps that are best to avoid as they simply have become too popular or over-traded. We’re honestly pleased to say that Cape Town is pretty free of these. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect.

table mountain cable car

Table Mountain

Once a landmark is declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World you’d expect it to be crowded, over touristy and tacky. Not so with Table Mountain. Breathtakingly beautiful, the views from the top of Table Mountain don’t disappoint and there are not many crowds to interfere with the atmosphere. But like most Capetonian happenings, this experience depends on the weather. If you buy online your ticket costs R185 return for adults and is valid for 14 days, so you get to work around the wind and clouds which can sometimes close the Cable Car.

Table Mountain is easily visited from villas in the City Bowl, Waterfront, Clifton, Camps Bay and Bantry Bay.

Cape Point tourist destination

Cape Point

This is Cape Town nature at its best. The point can get a bit crowded, however crowds are not nearly as present as in other world tourist spots. Focus on the mighty cliffs and take snaps of the crashing seas either side of you. This is a marvelous culmination to a Peninsula Tour and well worth it. Look out for troops of baboons which are interesting yet should not be fed or approached.

Cape Point is easily visited by tour or bus from all villas but is closer to Constantia and Hout Bay villas.

Robben Island Cape Town

Robben Island

This world famous prison held South African hero Nelson Mandela prisoner for 18 of his 27 years in prison. You don’t need to be a political afficionado to enjoy this experience. Many famous tourist attractions lack atmosphere as they are so commercialised. That simply can’t be said of Robben Island. The prison is no elaborate museum, it is left much like it was and many experience the poignant heaviness of the political prisoners and freedom fighters who were imprisoned there. A vital part of your experience is meeting with your guide (often ex-prisoners) who will help your experience of the stories and memories come alive. Book your boat to the Island from the Waterfront well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Robben Island is most easily visited from villas in the City Bowl, Waterfront, Clifton, Camps Bay and Bantry Bay. A hop-on, hop-off bus travels all around the peninsula to the city centre and a MyCITI bus travels within Cape Town.

Cape Town Waterfront

V&A Waterfront

If shopping, amazing (yet pricey) food, a working harbour and bustling crowds do it for you, then the Waterfront should be your first Cape Town destination. Slightly more upmarket, with overseas brand names and top South African designers, this is not your gritty cultural experience. Yet the Waterfront is still loved by locals and visitors alike for its vibrancy, free shows and beautiful views of the Mountain and harbour. Extensive movie theatres (upstairs for mainstream and downstairs for art movies) can also offer visitors a movie break. For the best the Waterfront has to offer, take a sunset boat ride or cruise or try top restaurants like Sevruga for sushi, Ba’hia for Seafood and Moyo at the Clocktower for a fun African buffet.

V&A Waterfront is closest to apartments in the Waterfront Marina, City Centre, Camps bay, Cliftona and Bantry Bay villas.

Cape Town Kirstenbosch concerts

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts

The hype is right, these Sunday concerts often stand out as the best day of the year in many Capetonian’s memories. If you’re in Cape Town for the Summer months, don’t delay, grab a picnic and experience the sounds of South African music (mostly easy listening, pop or rock). All around you you will see the grandeur of Cape Town’s mountains, forests and the indigenous gardens of Kirstenbosch. Capetonians are quite smug that they’ve found the best concert venue ever. Book yourself a ticket for favourites Freshly Ground or Goldfish and it will certainly agree with them!

Kistenbosch is closest to villas in Constantia and Hout Bay, but is also on the Blue Route of the Hop-on Hop-off bus.

Ultimately you’ll have to try these top spots yourself. Take it from us though, Cape Town is still being discovered as the gem it is. That leaves you plenty of time to enjoy even the most prime spots without the hype or the hordes ruining your day.

About villascampsbay

Holiday Villas in Camps Bay provides upmarket holiday accommodation in one of Cape Town's, if not South Africa's, most exclusive seaside suburb, Camps Bay.