Hout Bay, Atlantic Seaboard

Affectionately called ‘the republic of Hout Bay’ by its residents, due mainly to the limited means of access into this attractive suburb - there are only three - Hout Bay lies just 20 minutes’ from the centre of Cape Town yet has a unique and timeless beauty that makes it so popular with locals and visitors.

Hout Bay was formerly a fishing village and has managed to maintain its unique combination of fishing harbour and country atmosphere, despite development. Its long, sandy beach faces a bay framed by mountains and is quite simply exceptionally beautiful. Capetonians throng here over weekends to partake of the local fish & chips and to catch a glimpse of the resident Cape seals that make the harbour their home.

Getting into Cape Town from Hout Bay offers three distinct possibilities, all of which are scenic drives. Chapman’s Peak, although a toll road, remains one of the most beautiful and awesome routes with views to take your breath away, whilst the route over Suikerbossie Hill to Llandudno and other Atlantic beaches of Cape Town, in the shadow of the Twelve Apostles, is equally inspiring. The road that joins up with the Constantia Wine Route, over Constantia Nek, provides a bird’s eye view of False Bay and takes you into the beautiful Constantia Valley.

Hout Bay provides more than enough attractions on its own, despite its central position. Hiking and cycling in the surrounding mountains, abseiling, game fishing, the full gamut of aquatic sports, including sea kayaking, sunset champagne cruises to the V&A Waterfront, boat trips to Seal Island in a glass-bottomed boat and the World of Birds mean that one can effectively remain within the republic for one’s entire trip without running out of things to do - earning one the right to own one of Hout Bay’s very own passports - a cherished memento of many a visitor.

Additional Reading

For more information about Hout Bay, see our articles at:
Hout Bay - A delightful Hideaway.
Hout Bay Harbourt Seals.

Travellers' Reviews

4 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewexcellent

Love going down to the harbour and Mariners Wharf - great vibe, great place to meet up for drinks in the afternoon! Some nice restaurants and if you stay in Hout Bay you are pretty close to most things.

January 2013

Christine (Cape Town)

Verified reviewexcellent

This is one of may all time favourite places to visit. The beach is beautiful and the surrounding mountains are exquisite. There are a great selection of classic fish and chip shops (the best around) and restuarants to choose from. There are seals all over that you can watch and even interact with as I did. You can go on boat trips, diving, fishing , snorkeling or simply enjoy the craft markets and fish market where you can buy fresh locally caught produce. There is certainly something for everyone here!

December 2012

Michelle (Cape Town)

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