Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is an exclusive residential area and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa, with dwellings nestled on cliffs that have sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Clifton was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the cable and satellite television network Discovery Travel Channel in 2003 and 2004 and has received Blue Flag status. Clifton is neighbored by the suburbs of Camps Bay and Bantry Bay.
The area has a set of 4 beaches which are frequently used destinations for both locals and tourists. The beaches, which are named from 1st to 4th, are separated by falls of granite boulders and have almost pure white granitic sand. The four beaches of Clifton are one of the few areas well protected from the notorious south-easterly wind, which has a great deal to do with its popularity with bathers. A fifth beach, before First Beach, called Moses Beach (so-called because of the papyrus plants that grow along it), appears and disappears as the sand is washed in and out with the seasons. The water, although chilly (12–16 °C), plays host to many watersports, mostly surfing, both board and body. The strongest surf is at First, diminishing to Fourth, where it is the weakest. Fourth beach (to the South), is the most populated and glamorous venue; attracting families. Yachts anchor off Fourth beach, especially on summer weekends. Third beach is known as a venue for gay culture. Second beach is populated by students playing beach volleyball and beach bats. First beach, to the north, the smallest beach, draws a mixed crowd of locals and surfers. Clifton Beach was noted as one of Discovery.com’s best beaches by region.
Clifton’s 4th beach has also been awarded the Blue Flag award in recognition of its environmental, safety and tourist standards.
The small size of the properties on which bungalows are built between Fourth and Second beaches is attributable to the fact that the area was laid out by the City of Cape Town for returning soldiers who had fought in World War I. The original bungalows, now all but replaced by new structures, were built from the packing cases that conveyed imported motor cars during the 1920s and ’30’s. Narrow flights of stairs run between Victoria Road and the various beaches.
Clifton, an affluent seaside suburb built on the western slope of Lion's head overlooks a blindingly white beach voted one of the top ten beaches in the world. The exclusivity of Clifton accommodation is matched by the price tag of its properties, said to be the most expensive in South Africa. Perched on a steep mountain slope a Clifton house gives you the feeling of floating over the sea and some apartments in Clifton almost touch it.
Clifton beach, divided into 4 segments by boulder gardens, is alive with activity and frequented mostly by the crème of Cape Town's high society. Amuse yourself on the balcony of your Clifton beach accommodation with sites of chiselled bronze bodies and beautiful woman, for which the beach is world renowned.
Accommodation in Clifton is for the decadent sun worshipper and our apartments and villas are designed to maximise the enjoyment of the sun with large balconies and easy access to the beach. The glamorous beaches owe their popularity not only to their distinctive turquoise waters, vibrant and athletic atmosphere, but also to the rare shelter it provides bathers from the notorious South Easterly wind.
The prestige of this area, with its proximity to Cape Town CBD and limited availability of Clifton houses for rent, makes these holiday apartments highly sought after. Besides the hubbub on the beach, the property in Clifton enjoys quiet evenings away from the noise of commercial activity as there are no shops or businesses in the area. For a sunset drink or a 5 star meal, Camps Bay, 5 minutes away, spills onto the beachfront many trendy European style cafés and upmarket restaurants to suite all tastes.
Travelling too far from the luxury of your village apartment will not be necessary. If you do decided to head into town choose one of 2 routes, either via Victoria road along the sea cliff through Bantry Bay, where we also have properties to rent and holiday accommodation available, or wind your way upwards between Lion's Head and Table Mountain. Either way, you are not more than 10 minutes from the V&A Waterfront, where we also have many delectable self-catering accommodation options available.