5 reasons to visit Hout Bay

Private Property South Africa
Bridget McNulty

Why you should put the 'Republic of Hout Bay' on your to-visit list.

Hout Bay 101

  • Hout Bay (literally ‘wood bay’) was named in 1652 by Dutch explorers, who stumbled upon the beautiful wooded valley and used the wood to help build Cape Town
  • There are 28 distinct areas in the ‘Republic of Hout Bay’
  • Hout Bay has more than 12 000 homes inhabited by 42 000 people

Here's why you should visit:

  • The views, on all sides. Ocean views, mountain views, Hout Bay has it all.

  • The drive, both ways. Whether you’re driving in from Camps Bay or across Chapman’s Peak, you’re travelling on one of the most beautiful roads Cape Town (and possibly the world) has to offer.

  • The lively harbour. Where else can you stroll along a working harbour and snack on some fresher-than-fresh fish and chips, a few minutes from town?

  • The Republic. Affectionately known as the Republic of Hout Bay because of its tucked-away location, Hout Bay owns its ‘republic’ status.

  • The ocean. Whether you’re scuba diving, surfing Dungeons, boating or paddling, the ocean is available to all Hout Bay visitors

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