Only 20km from the Cape Town City Bowl and situated in a valley on the Atlantic Seaboard of the CapePeninsula with the majestic backdrop of the Table Mountain Range, Hout Bay gives the illusion of being a small town on its own with a sea side cultural feel as well as being known to the surfing community as Dungeons, and is one of the sixteen recognised major wave spots around the world.
The history of the name is a simple one, originally Houtbaai, which translates directly to Wood Bay, was the only vicinity where there was forest large enough for the Dutch Colony in Table Bay, 1652 to find enough wood to construct and build their ships, building a rural community here for that reason it was named and Hout Bay was born.
Hout Bay has grown extensively in the last 30 years with the area around the main beach having hardly a house in sight, to what is today a great metropolis of exquisite sea side houses, shops and divine restaurants. The Hout Bay Market is one of these all in one niche places that you simply cannot get enough of. There is always something happening, live music, awesome shops to explore and some of the best food on offer in Cape Town. The Hout Bay Market is open Fridays 5pm – 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 am – 4pm.
Hout Bay is home to rich marine life and has some of the finest yelowfin tuna on offer, as well as longfin tuna and yellowtail. Having local super fresh fish and ‘slap’ chips rolled in newspaper on the harbour with the seagulls over head watching you and waiting for a chance to get a bite to eat too, is one of the heartfelt experiences one never forgets. The waves rushing in, the sqwaking of the birds and the taste of the sea tantalising your taste buds, if you aren’t going to do anything in Hout Bay, then at least do this.
If its accommodation you’re looking for then the Hout Bay Hideaway is the perfect tree top excluded feel to indulge in, with exquisite rooms and breathtaking views of the bay and the mountain, the rates are extremely reasonable and the experience is definitely unforgettable.
Taking a stroll down the main road, or even the main beach which on a good summers day is fantastic for swimming and Frisbee on the beach is a wondrous way to spend a day exploring in Cape Town, the Hout Bay community are extremely friendly, however if the beach and shopping aren’t your thing, why not visit the World of Birds, and meet the large community of feathery friends.