Park your car at the parking lot by the harbour.
Watch the fisherman unload their fresh fish, old ladies repairing the nets or go on a trip to Seal Island to see the local seal colony.
A visit to Hout Bay is incomplete without a visit to the World of Birds, a wonderful bird park, touted to be the biggest in the western cape. Make sure that you time your visit to coincide with the feeding of the Squirrel monkeys.
Chapman's Peak Drive starts just south of Hout Bay. This toll road offers spectacular views, especially at sunset. If you're a world class big wave surfer, Hout Bay is the location of Dungeons home to some of the worlds biggest surfable waves in winter.
phone: +27 21 790 2442address: 27 Victoria Road, Hout Baylearn to sail
phone: +27 21 790-0802address: 5 Main RoadUnique shop where all products are made in Houtbay from quirky decor items to exquisite fashion jewellery and accessories.
address: cnr Main Road and Pricess Beach, Hout Bay
phone: +27 21 790-1100address: Hout Bay HarbourVery good fish & chips. Sometimes overcrowded but worth waiting in the queue.
Lookout Deckaddress: Hout Bay HarbourVisit them for a perfect seafood platter.
Dunes Restaurantphone: +27 21 790-1876address: 1 Beach RoadGood food and excellent views.
- Visit the Chapman's cigar bar at the foot of Chapman's Peak for a sun-downer, you would also be making no mistake tasting their pan-fried Calamari, possibly the best in the world!
- Try the local sushi restaurant run by Bruce and his wife.
- The Pirates den has DJs some nights, but many locals steer clear and thus the place can be very empty.
- A local gem is the Work Shop, claimed to be the smallest (licensed) pub in Africa is serves as a good meeting place when the weather is good, drink is cheap and the local young folk enjoy meeting new people and will always talk to any new faces. Talk to William the resident barman for an introduction to the local crowd.
phone: +27 21 790-7202address: Mainstream Shopping Centre, Main RoadA truly beautiful coffee shop with its enclosed garden and French café atmosphere.
Accommodation in Hout Bay consists mainly of smaller guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, prices vary and it is worth shopping around for the best option. Try searching to find accommodation to fit your budget and requirements, as more establishments offer their own websites and direct online booking facilities, securing the right accommodation is much easier. Booking in advance is essential over the peak periods and in particular over December and January.
The Bay LodgeOverlooks the bay and surrounding mountains. It offers continental and cooked breakfast.
Howberry FarmIt is ideally situated for informative tours of this settlement, allowing a unique view and understanding of the opportunities and problems presented by life in the new South Africa. Very popular with long-stay 'Gap Year' students.
phone: +27 21 790-9562address: 2 Harold Close, Oakhurst EstateB&B and selfcatering, run by French hosts, Patrice and Denis, with a superb interior design.
phone: +27 21 790-4328address: 7 Little Lions Head RoadSet in a lush and tranquil garden on the sunny slopes of Little Lion’s Head mountain, overlooking the valley of Hout Bay. Offers a selection of one and two bedroom self-catering suites. Breath taking views and beach access close by.
Villa RomanticaSituated directly at the beach, opposite the waterfront, allowing easy access.
phone: +27 12 668-1069Bordering the nature reserve on the mountain slopes above Hout Bay. Spectacular views of Chapman's Peak and The Sentinels. Apartments are fully serviced daily.
Riverside Estates Guest Housephone: +27 21 790-7475Is a tranquil, family-friendly holiday venue on a spreading, 5-acre garden(Opposite World of Birds). Rate from R820 per person.
address: 17 The Village SquareA four-star luxury two bedroom apartment with stunning sea and mountain views that sleeps four, in a modern building with swimming pool, just minutes from the beach.
Hout Bay ManorOffers continental breakfast and despite all the normal facilities complimentary use of the local gym and internet access.
phone: +27 21 791-3138address: Victoria RoadA modern contemporary hotel offers daily breakfasts and a mountain view.