Nestled in a valley on the Atlantic
Seaboard of the Cape Peninsula, the
rustic suburb of Hout Bay is
surrounded by mountain on three sides
and the ocean on one. It is home to one
of the Western Cape’s busiest harbours
and is well known for its snoek, tuna
and crayfish industry.
After being closed for many
years, Chapman’s Peak drive was re-opened
in 2004. It connects Hout Bay to
Noordhoek and Cape Point, and one has to
pay a toll fee in order to use the road. The
drive provides a stunning view of the actual
bay and there are a few lookout points along
the way, enabling you to hop out and take
some pictures of the breath-taking scenery.
Hout Bay beach offers white sands and
is popular with locals and visitors alike.
The beach is referred to as
“Dungeons” by the surfing community
and it one of 16 recognized big wave
spots in the world. Hout Bay plays host
to the annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa
The first harbourfront emporium in
Africa and the Southern
hemisphere, Mariner’s Wharf is a
maritime hub. Take a stroll along the
boardwalk and explore the many
restaurants, markets and stores, all
while breathing in the clean, salt air. Try
the Wharfette Bistro’s delicious
specialty fish and chips – it’s a must!
Hout Bay Museum
and World of Birds
Two other worthwhile attractions in the area
are the Hout Bay Museum and World of
Birds. Learn about the history of Hout Bay
and its people at the museum, or go on one
of the weekly guided nature walks in the
surrounding mountains. A great family
outing is a visit to World of Birds Wildlife
Sanctuary and Monkey Park, where the
afternoon can be spent discovering the
numerous species of birds and animals on
This charming fishing village
is of course home to many
gorgeous properties as well.
Here are examples of some
gems I came across…
Visit Hout Bay!
A truly wonderful place to
spend the day or to live, Hout
Bay offers many things to do
and see. It’s natural beauty
and undeniable energy are
things that should be
experienced by everyone.