Cape Town » Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay is a suburb of Cape Town situated on the slopes of Lion's Head and overlooking the rocky coastline of the Atlantic Ocean. It was originally called Botany Bay after a botanical garden that was planted here for the cultivation of medicinal herbs.
Bantry Bay is overlooked by Lion's Head, which is the eroded core of an ancient volcano. There is a plaque on the seashore that commemorates the observation by Charles Darwin, that during his visit to the Cape, this was noted as the site of a unique geological feature, being the intrusion of Basaltic volcanic rock into granitic rock.
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.