Bantry Bay, Cape Town

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Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay (1781098161).jpg
Bantry Bay is located in Western Cape
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
 Bantry Bay shown within Western Cape
Location within Cape Town
Bantry Bay is located in Cape Town
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay is located in South Africa
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay (South Africa)
Bantry Bay is located in Africa
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay (Africa)
Coordinates: 33°55′39″S 18°22′49″E / 33.92750°S 18.38028°E / -33.92750; 18.38028Coordinates: 33°55′39″S 18°22′49″E / 33.92750°S 18.38028°E / -33.92750; 18.38028
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
Municipality City of Cape Town
Main Place Cape Town
 • Total 0.38 km2 (0.15 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 820
 • Density 2,200/km2 (5,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 13.8%
 • Coloured 7.7%
 • Indian/Asian 1.3%
 • White 75.5%
 • Other 1.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 71.5%
 • Afrikaans 12.4%
 • Xhosa 3.8%
 • Zulu 1.7%
 • Other 10.5%
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Postal code (street) 8005

Bantry Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town situated on the slopes of Lion's Head and overlooking a rocky coastline, Western Cape Province, South Africa. Its neighboring suburbs are Sea Point and Clifton. It was originally called Botany Bay after a botanical garden that was planted here for the cultivation of medicinal herbs. The name was changed during World War I.

It is overlooked by Lion's Head, which is an eroded outlier of sandstone. There is a plaque on the seashore that commemorates a visit by Charles Darwin, who made important geological observations here relating to the nature and origin of granite.[2]

Bantry Bay is known to be the most wind-free area in Cape Town. Secluded & protected, the inhabitants of this exclusive area enjoy about 290 wind free days per year - a significant fact given Cape Town's windy climate.


  1. ^ a b c d "Sub Place Bantry Bay". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ James, Wilmot. Charles Darwin at the Cape: notes on his sociological observations. South African Journal of Science 105, November–December 2009, p. 395