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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Reviewed today via mobile

Living in Cape Town, Hout Bay is probably the best place to come to for a break away from the “city life” super relaxed, lots of restaurants and B&B’s. A good place to kick back and relax.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank kiara_mieka
Reviewed yesterday

Hout Bay is a lovely open beach - great to strolls along the beach, followed by delicious fish and chips and a boat trip to Seal Island to finish it off - great family experience

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Avril0902
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I loved it. It was beautiful. I place I would love to go back to. I have been there twice and I won't hesitate to go back.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AshleenR3
Reviewed 3 days ago

I love Hout Bay. The scenery around this bay is beautiful. The beach around here is not so cold and lucky for us it was a very hot day with no wind. This place is always busy and full of life. There are many boat...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank SHDD
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I love this place. Its very stunning to drive along the coast. There are a few look outs where you can take photos and listen to the wind. Again i love this place.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank yvrhy
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The scenic drive was breathtaking. South Africa is really good when it comes to natural parks and scenery. We enjoyed the views and taking lots of pictures. Good times!!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sakizzlet
Reviewed 1 week ago

The cruise on The Hout Bay is an exciting experience. The cruise boat sailed right upto the colony of the seals, hundreds of them, many resting on the rocks and large numbers swimming in the bay. A great view. The cruise lasting about two hours...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank charoos
Reviewed 1 week ago

Scenic drive is a must to experience. Do stop and take in the magnificance of nature. We saw a dolphin in the ocean, what a bonus!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank elmienj2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

The place was peaceful, friendly people around, great seafood. I want to go back for more. It makes you to be in touch with oneself

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Thandiwe M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are going to cape point, make sure you include Hout Bay on your way back, before sunset. Nice road trip with good view points on it. And you will arrive at Cape Town through twelve apostoles.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Meyhofer
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patrick c
7 November 2016|
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Response from LJSJhb | Reviewed this property |
Apparently so. but doubt you will find a spot ! Extremely overcrowded
razan h
10 February 2016|
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Response from Nicholasdurhone | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Hout's Bay is some kind of village by the sea. You will definitely then need a car to go to the waterfront and back.
Michael e
30 January 2016|
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Response from Z7559PVmohamede |
There is very good and reliable bus service called the Myciti bus service.You can take the bus from Cape Town airport to the Civic Centre in town.From the Civic Centre there are many bus routes that can connect you to Hout... More