Surrounded by mountains and located over Constantia Nek, the perception about Hout Bay may be that it is quite isolated and out of the way. In fact, Hout Bay is only 25 minutes from the centre of Cape Town and 40 minutes from Cape Town International Airport. Hout Bay itself it located in an incredibly beautiful part of Cape Town – sandwiched between mountains and the sea – and is a must see destination for many tourists. There is much to do in and around Hout Bay and it is also in striking distance from most of greater Cape Town’s iconic tourist attractions.
Situated between the start of Chapman’s Peak and Hout Bay harbour, Hout Bay beach is almost a kilometre in length making it a great beach for walking. With its magnificent mountain backdrop and long stretch of soft, white sand, the beach is a family favourite, popular with sun bathers, dog walkers and sea kayakers. Dolphins and seals are regularly spotted in the bay – and at the right time of year visiting Southern Right Whales can be seen off the coast. Hout Bay beach is a spot from which the most spectacular sunsets can be witnessed.
Presided over by The Sentinel mountain peak and offering wonderful photo opportunities, Hout Bay harbour is a picturesque working harbour, home to the local tuna and crayfishing industries – and a good number of seals and seagulls. It also hosts many fun activities including boat trips, diving and fishing excursions and features the Bay Harbour Market.
World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the world, being home to over 3 000 birds from 400 different species. Unique walk-through aviaries are spaced over 4ha of land, in a tropical garden setting, and allow visitors to get up close to the birds along with a range of small animals.
An area rich in heritage and beauty, there are more than ten superb wine farms, all within a seven kilometre range from Hout Bay Manor making this, the oldest Cape wine region, a wine lover’s delight. Some of these wine farms are of great historical significance in the Cape, with the oldest dating back to 1685, while others are more are modern additions to the region.
Dating back to the Second World War, Chapman’s Peak Drive, situated on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula, is one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. This nine-kilometre drive, hugging the mountain side, is a must for anyone who is keen to experience the majestic scenery of Cape Town.