A guide to walking the Atlantic Coastline of Cape Town
Our mission on this day was to explore the Atlantic Coast of Cape Town from Mouille Point to Camps Bay. We knew that it covered quite a distance and figured that we’d have to take a taxi for some bits…We started walking and just walked and walked, the views getting better and better as we went along. In the end we walked the whole thing: 8.5 km (5.3 miles). It took a little over 3 hours. It was a great day and if you’re in decent shape you can do it too!
Lots of photos in this post. In Mouille Point and Sea Point we met a lot of interesting people and they dominate the photos below. Then we entered the exclusive areas of Bantry Bay and Clifton, seeing fancy condos and gorgeous sea views. We finished off our walk entering Camps Bay, home of the most expensive real estate in South Africa. You’ll see why.
Below: what we covered on our walk
Photos (in order)
Below: along the Sea Point Promenade, which runs from Mouille Point all the way to Bantry Bay.
Below: separating Mouille Point from Sea Point is Three Anchor Bay. Sea Point is a populated green area where we met a lot of friendly people who just seemed to want to pose for us.
Below: Towards the bottom end of Sea Point is a huge public swimming pool. This is the Sea Point Pavilion. You’ll see a few cafes and some small specialty food stands.
.Below: Lion’s head in the background. We’re approaching Bantry Bay and the coastline is getting more scenic and the housing fancier.
.Below: girls in the cold waters of Queen’s Beach.
Below: Turning the corner to very exclusive Bantry Bay.
Below: some really fancy condos and hotels. But there’s no beach on Bantry Bay.
.Below: another bend brings you to the really, really exclusive Clifton area.
.Below: Fancy condos, beautiful beaches (some of the most popular in Cape Town) and the Twelve Apostles in the background.
.Below: Wouldn’t it be great having generous friends who wanted to let you house sit for a while?
.Below: More exclusive apartments – and tons of security.
Below: although super rich, locals from all over Cape Town take mini buses just to get to the Clifton beaches.
.Below: Another bend in the coastline brings you to a bowling club and views of Camps Bay (and the Twelve Apostles) in the background.
Note: Cape Town’s Hop-On Hop-Off bus covers the same coastline (for those who don’t want to do all that walking). We did it and it is glorious, even going further up the coast past Camp’s Bay. Book your Sightseeing Tour here.
Below: Camps Bay beach.
Below: Camps Bay has the highest property values in all of Africa, prices falling in the Beverly Hills range. It has a magnificent location below Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles and is a nice place to come for a drink and dinner (and to watch the sunset).
That’s it, 8.5 km of Cape Town Coastline. Am I the only one that wishes he could live here year long?
Got money to burn and want those incredible views for yourself? Here are a couple of hotels in Camps Bay: The Marly (and despite those prices it still manages to almost always be full up), The Bay Hotel,and The Fairways on the Bay (the “budget”alternative on Camps Bay). I told you that Camps Bay was the most expensive real estate in Africa! But it really is stunningly beautiful.
Related: The BIG Guide to South Africa
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