Hout Bay is centrally placed for all major tourist attractions and is the ideal base for exploring the peninsula, Cape Town city centre or beyond. It is approximately 22km south from Cape Town and is reached via spectacular coastal or forest drives. Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Chapman's Peak Drive, the Cape Point Nature Reserve and the Constantia Wine Route are all within easy driving distance.
Visitors to Hout Bay can browse through our upmarket stores or explore the outdoor Sunday craft market. Just opened is the indoor Hout Bay Market (open every Friday evening and all day on Saturdays and Sundays) with a variety of food and craft stalls. Hikers will enjoy exploring the mountain trails around Hout Bay, while boats may be chartered for deep-sea fishing trips. For the gourmand a variety of restaurants including Greek, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Indian and fresh fish will guarantee meals to suit all tastes.
Hout Bay derives its name from the original colony’s Dutch founding father, Jan van Riebeeck. He wrote in his diary that the forests of t’Houtbaaijten (or small wooded bay) were the best in the world. Although the forests are gone, more than 1 100 floral varieties may be found on the slopes of the mountains around Hout Bay.
A thriving fishing and lobster industry is a feature of the harbour and from there, visitors can take a ferry out to Seal Island where one of the largest colonies of the Cape fur seal has made its home. One cannot visit the harbour and not savour a meal of hake and chips from the world-famous Fish on the Rocks.
The World of Birds, one of Africa’s largest bird and small mammal sanctuaries, is a pleasant way to spend a morning. Other activities include sunning oneself on the beach, horse riding, surfing, picnicking at one of the many viewing sites on Chapman’s Peak or having a pint at Africa's smallest pub.