Hout Bay accommodation and villas
Hout Bay is a small coastal town set in a beautiful wooded valley on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town, about 20 kilometres and 30 minutes drive from the city. Surrounded by steep mountains on three sides of the valley, with a long sandy beach to the south looking out over the wide expanse of the bay itself, Hout Bay offers dramatic views and plenty for visitors to enjoy, with a busy village area and a working harbour bustling with restaurants, bars and shops, a vibrant neighbourhood market, boat trips, Africa's largest bird sanctuary and more!
Here is a selection of the properties we have available to stay in Hout Bay -
The self-proclaimed "Republic of Hout Bay" as it is jokingly referred to by its passionate residents is loved both by visitors and locals alike not just for its breath-taking scenery but also for the relaxed family orientated lifestyle it offers, with a wide range of good value restaurants, bars, shops and many attractions. These include boat trips to see the seals at nearby Duiker Island, as well as boasting the largest bird park in Africa, the "World of Birds", which features over 3000 birds as well as monkeys and other small animals.
Hout Bay literally translated means "Wood Bay' as the early Dutch settlers in the sixteenth century used timber from the valley's forests to build the fort and port area that later grew into the city of Cape Town. So the term Hout Bay refers not only to the town itself, but also to the beautiful wide bay on which it is situated and the entire wooded valley that is surrounded by steep mountains to all sides apart from the south, where a long sandy beach meets the Southern Atlantic ocean.
Aside from the main coastal road from Camps Bay, 10 kilometres or 15 minutes drive away, the only other routes out of Hout Bay are the winding road up over Constantia Nek, conveniently leading to the excellent wine farms and restaurants of Constantia just 15 minutes away or the third route out via the legendary Chapmans Peak Drive, a stunning coastal toll road leading to the Cape Peninsula, which is precariously carved out of the mountain side and must surely be one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world.
The sheltered bay has a long white sandy beach, as well as one of the busiest fishing harbours in the Western Cape with a long established tuna, snoek and crayfishing industry. Hout Bay harbour is also home to the local yacht club and several lively and popular local bars and restaurants as well as local craft shops and fresh fish outlets (our favourite being the simple but fabulous "Fish 4 Africa" who boast that anything fresher is still swimming!
Another of our favourite places to visit in Hout Bay is the relatively new and very popular "Bay Harbour Market" which is set in a huge former fish factory right in the working harbour and comprising over 100 stalls, offering delicious food as well as locally made craft items. The market is a really vibrant, fun experience and it attracts hundreds of locals and visitors on Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm (when there is live music too) as well as on Saturdays and Sundays from 9.30am to 4pm.
The mountains surrounding Hout Bay also make for good hiking and trail running trails and some of the world's best (some might say craziest) surfers are also drawn to Hout Bay every year for The Red Bull Big Wave Africa surfing contest. This event takes place between May and August at the famous "Dungeons" break some way out beyond the majestic Sentinel mountain overlooking Hout Bay where some of the biggest waves in the world are found between May and August with heights of up 6 metres or more!