Hotels in and around the Bantry Bay suburb
Bantry Bay is recognised as being one of the most exclusive and beautiful suburbs in both Cape Town and South Africa. It climbs the impressive slopes of Lion’s Head; which partners with Table Mountain in towering over Cape Town’s city bowl. Because of its prime positioning, Bantry Bay is home to some of the country’s most luxurious hotels, guesthouses and spas. These establishments and the roads that lead to them benefit from the unrivalled views of the ocean. Cape Town itself is a stunning destination; one which offers such a diversity of sights, sounds, flora and fauna that international and local visitors alike are drawn back to the Western Cape’s “Mother City” year after year.
Bantry Bay was originally called Botany Bay, but this name was changed during the First World War. It got the name Botany Bay from the medicinal herb garden that once characterised the fertile area.
The very rock of Lion’s Head is significant. It was recognised by Charles Darwin as being quite unique as it was the result of the intrusion of Basaltic volcanic rock into granite.
Bantry Bay is situated right within the main cite centre of Cape Town, if slightly secluded by its suburban surrounds. Short distances, as well as a plentiful supply of taxis and cabs in the area, make access to town easy. Special tour busses are in operation on a daily basis, and provide a fantastic opportunity to travel safely and effortlessly while seeing many of the tourist hotspots that Cape Town has to offer.
Cape Town International Airport is undergoing massive renovations in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. As such, it is equipped to deal with an even larger number of flights from all over the world, making access easier and less costly. Alternatively, visitors that are coming from other areas in South Africa will enjoy the scenic routes and safe roads into Cape Town.
While in Bantry Bay, visitors are urged to explore Cape Town and its surrounds. Bantry Bay is partially situated on Kloof Street, which is abuzz with shops, restaurants, cafés, galleries, boutiques and more. Green Market Square is a 15-minute walk from this suburb, and offers African and South African arts and crafts. This square is one of the city’s oldest markets. Also nearby is the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, home to an impressive shopping centre, eateries, souvenir shops, a fish market, and even the Two Oceans Aquarium. It is from the Waterfront that ferries to the famous Robben Island are available for the historically inclined. All of these amenities are enjoyed amidst views of the ocean on one side and Table Mountain on the other. Bantry Bay is particularly nearby to Table Mountain and its cable car. Trips up the mountain are conducted hourly and promise spectacular views of the city, sea and surrounding mountains (weather permitting). Other attractions in the area include Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Point Nature Reserve, Clifton, Hout Bay, the surrounding wine farms (Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, etc…) and the coastal fishing villages of Kalk Bay, Fishhoek and Simonstown.
South Africa’s summer extends from December to March and winter is between June and August. Bantry Bay is situated in the Western Cape of South Africa, and this area experiences slightly colder winters than the rest of the country. Summer temperatures range between a minimum of about 18 degrees Celsius to a high of around 30 degrees. Winter lows are usually about 13 degrees Celsius and noonday highs reach approximately 18 degrees. Winters tend to be rainy, while summers are cooled down by offshore winds. Spring, summer and autumn are the best times to visit Bantry Bay as they are generally comfortable and pleasant, without being hampered by too much rain.
Bantry Bay and the Western Cape are not malaria-ridden areas. However, visitors planning to travel to game parks or areas in the northern provinces as well are advised to take precautions against contracting malaria. Insect repellent and sunscreen are necessities in South Africa, regardless of the time of year. Visitors are urged to remember their prescriptions for spectacles and medication so that they can restock at a local pharmacy, rather than having to get another prescription, at extra cost, from a doctor. It is wise to ensure that tetanus shots are up-to-date as some areas are fraught with litter, including broken glass, cans and metal.