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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
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Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Attended a wedding at the Suikerbossie venue. It has sweeping views of the ocean and mountains and beautiful grounds. Food was excellent as well as its presentation.

Thank Christina A
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous little village on the coast. Great weekend markets and seaside restaurants... fantastic photo opportunities... has a hippie feel & vibe to it

Thank Tara O
Reviewed 5 days ago

Worth the relatively short drive along the coast from Cape Town. Beautiful bay surrounded by mountains dotted with mansions to shanties. If you have time, take the one hour boat ride to visit a large rock outcropping where thousands of sea lions hang out and...More

Thank Socalsix
Reviewed 6 days ago

this is a nice little town with a beautiful beach. Lots of sea lions , some come on the quay to get fish from locals.

Thank Karin1
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hout Bay is lovely and the town quaint and beautiful. Both have a rich history which makes visiting even more enjoyable.

Thank Katherine C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Easy to drive to from Cape Town, great views, a couple of spots to park and take pictures. I would definitely recommend to drive through on the way to Cape Point.

Thank malujerry
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would avoid Houtbay - this political melting pot, with the highest rate of crime, road blockings, burning of houses and an aura of unsafe feelking, this is not to be visited as a vacatiion destination or casual stroll. The safest will be to make...More

Thank Andre V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The drive here and around had beautiful views, going past the harbor and having a bite to eat of fresh sea food. Great side to see and visit.

Thank aobakwemafoko
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hout Bay is a nice place to take a walk at the harbour. You should see the Harbour Market, which is only open on weekends. They are playing live musik there and you can buy all kinds of stuff. Food and drinks are nice and...More

Thank traveltoexist
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is something about the sea and mountains which together, create magic. The Hout Bay harbour is a must see on a trip to Cape Town. Not only is it exiting when the fishing boats come in, but the antics of the resident seals create...More

Thank Juanv v
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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