Cradled in a lovely bay of the same name and guarded by a 1,000-foot peak known as the Sentinel, Hout Bay is the center of Cape Town's crayfishing industry (legal and otherwise) and operates several fish-processing plants. It also has knockout views of the mountains, gentle surf, and easy access to the restaurants and bars of Mariner's Wharf. The fact that this is a working harbor, added to the raw sewage of the Inzamo Yethu informal settlement a short walk upstream, means
this is unfortunately a polluted beach, however beautiful it looks. You are advised not to swim here. Amenities: food and drink; parking. Best for: solitude; walking.
Off the M6, Hout Bay, 7806, South Africa
Nov 25, 2005
Nestled between mountains and sea, the beauty and charm of the village of Hout Bay never cease to amaze visitors and locals alike. Hout Bay has managed to keep a village atmosphere, even though it is only 20 minutes away from Cape Town city centre. The village boasts a few shopping centres, many restaurants, a working fishing harbour, the largest bird park in South Africa, many hiking trails, nature reserves and a white sandy beach! The world famous
Chapmans Peak drive was opened to the public again at the end of 2003 after major renovations. It is now a toll road, but well worth the R22 per trip! Hout Bay lies in a valley surrounded by mountains leading out to the sea. If it's natural splendour you are looking for... look no further! Accommodation available range from five-star to rustic mountain cabins - something for everyone!
Sep 1, 2004
On a visit to Cape Town you surely will take a drive around the Cape Peninsula. If you do you will pass through Hout Bay. However do be careful not to miss the turn off to the harbour as it is not always clearly marked. Another secret place that not everyone knows about is a visit to the point. When you leave the harbour gate turn left and follow the road until it comes to a dead end. (about 2kms). From this spot there are some wonderful views of
Chapmans Peak and the entrance to the bay.