The early colonial days were a lawless place where differing European countries made unadulterated and greedy land and resource grabs and tried to protect “their” share of the wealth as best they could.
In this effort, overlapping cannon batteries were set up to defend the Dutch East India Companies “outpost”, mostly from invasion by the British. Used as both a deterrent and a signalling system (like the fires of Gondor) that allowed a speedy response to an enemy incursion.
Th Camps Bay Cannons are special in that they were lost, forgotten, had literally tumbled into the ravine in front of them and had lain there until 1998 when a hiker pretty much tripped over them and thought, these must be important. So they were cleared of debris, cleaned, restored and installed at a point that is a favourite viewing point for majestic Camps Bay sunsets.
There are many others to be seen at the Castle of Good Hope, the Cape Town Docks, Simon’s Town Naval Dockyard and Hout Bay.
Location: Corner of Kloof and Main Roads, Camps Bay
If you take Queen Victoria Road in either direction, you will be able to drive for hours on end and see wonders beyond compare. Today we will focus on this little easy-to-miss beach, rated as a Blue Flag beach and tucked away behind a shielding bamboo curtain between Bakoven and Camps Bay beaches.
The beach itself is shelly, with the sand consistency being more on the coarse side of the scale, but it is a wondrous little bay, sickle-shaped beach and an almost “enclosed” swimming area. The rocks surrounding this patch of paradise create a sheltered inlet that manages to deflect the waves rolling in and create a small bit of waist deep calm.
If you are walking along Queen Victoria, and you pass the bus stop, there is a gap in a fence with a path and some stairs that take you to this little-known gem.
Welcome to paradise. This split, three-level villa is designed to make you feel both luxuriously comfortable and in a state of semi-awe at your surroundings.
As an abode, it ticks all the boxes but as an architectural piece of art, it excels. Specifically because the Villa both takes advantage of and becomes part of its environment. Sheer unspoiled elegance, endless sunsets and beautiful Balua wood wrap-around balconies to give you the best view in the world.
An African sunset is special, but an African Sunset viewed from the lap of luxury on the lower slopes of Table Mountain with nothing but ocean to the horizon is absolutely spectacular.
Experience the best the city, province and country has to offer, choosing to stay at Villa Ronald will be the best way to soak in all the glory and majesty of a beautiful bay, containing two Blue Flag beaches.
This week we’ll be focussing our attentions on Villa Ronald and the gorgeous setting it is in. We’ll cover the villa itself, but also some things to do in the area, the luxurious “Golden Mile” that is Camps Bay, from an insider perspective.
The 41 is a great mediterranean cuisine venue on the Golden Mile in Camps Bay, with uninterrupted amazing views across the bay, allowing you to view the sunset in unparallelled magnificence.
For Father’s Day they are putting on a little something special in the form of a four course fireside dinner paired with the Whitley Neill Gin range.
You can expect to enjoy a delicious Amuse bouche followed by fresh hake tempura, roasted garlic and citrus aioli, spring onion and fennel ceviche (you can make it vegetarian by swapping out for wild mushroom tempura), paired with Whitley Neill Small Batch.
Then an Indian butter chicken curry with garlic naan, paired with Whitley Neill Aloe & Cucumber. Finish off with chenin and chive croquet with candied Turkish figs, hibiscus and protea foam paired with Whitley Neill Hibiscus and Protea.
It will be a delightful experience, followed by a well-deserved public holiday.
The Twelve Apostle Hotel has the unique distinction of being located along a long stretch of unspoiled natural coastline, boasting unparalleled views of ocean sunsets.
For their Christmas eve dinner they really roll out the red carpet with a huge selection of breads, cold buffet, hot buffet, carvery and desserts. You can enjoy all manner of South African and international delicacies to your heart's content.
Among the many delicious things on offer the carvery will be featuring Cajun barbeque spiced beef fore rib with a pink peppercorn jus and an oven-roasted leg of lamb marinated with rooibos and thyme jus.
Dig in and be merry, the food will be divine and the atmosphere relaxed.
The 41 is a contemporary mediterranean restaurant in Camps Bay with a view to die for!
This spring they will be showcasing the exciting Spring Jazz Series, featuring amazing jazz trios every Thursday evening from 19:30 – 21:30. The artists will perform an accessible blend of jazz Standards, South African jazz, Latin jazz and light pop.
Aside from the excellent entertainment, they have a great menu to boot, including the epic “41 Platter” which contains ten prawns, grilled sustainable line fish, deep-fried calamari, steamed crab claw, sides of salad and fragrant rice, Sriracha mayo, lemon butter and six oysters.
A special gastronomically inclined Women's Day event catered for foodies is taking place on the Camps Bay “Strip”, palm trees, sea views, beautiful people and amazing tastes.
We’re talking about a three-course luncheon menu elegantly designed to take you on a flavour journey that is wholesome, intricate and grounded in conscious living.
Gluten, dairy, meat and free options are available across the board, ensuring something for everyone. Expect delights such as wild mushroom risotto with thyme, parmesan cheese and crispy shimeji’s or an heirloom tomato salad with toasted almonds, baby beets, buffalo mozzarella and a lime/basil infusion.
Everything will be paired with elegant Cointreau cocktails, bubbles and a little Happy Culture Kombucha.
A festival of taste to treat yourself like a goddess!