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The locals call it the “Republic of Hout Bay”, this suburb of Cape Town is a historic and still-working fishing village nestled between two mountain peaks just twenty kilometers south of the Central Business District. To the south, Hout Bay is bordered by the southern Atlantic Ocean. To the north, it touches the Table Mountain National Park. It is bordered by the backside of the Twelve Apostles in the northwest. And the Little Lion’s Head, Karbonkelberg, Kaptein’s Peak and The Sentinel border the west. Plus the Vlakkenberg, Skoorsteenskopberg, and Constantiaberg to the east.
The name “Hout Bay” can refer to the town, the bay, or the entire valley. The name Hout Bay, which literally means “wood bay”, came from the Dutch explorers who “found” the wooded valley whose timber was used to help build Cape Town.
A Fishing Village Turned Into A Tourist Hub
Hout Bay is famous for its harbour and fresh fish. Its fishing harbour, which is the main attraction, is one of the busiest in the Western Cape with an established tuna, snoek and crayfish industry. It is also home to the Hout Bay Yacht Club and several restaurants. It plays hosts to many tourism activities such as boat trips, diving and fishing. And a visit to the Hout Bay market is a must.
Hout Bay’s sheltered long white sandy beach attracts local and international tourists because of its breathtaking scenery. The beach is also ideal for swimming and water sports such as fishing, surfing, sea kayaking, and sailing.
Over the years, Hout Bay has managed to maintain its unique vibe of fishing village and country atmosphere. With its white sandy beach, fishing harbour, and a thriving village sheltered by beautiful mountains – a trip to Hout Bay makes for a perfect Cape Town day outing or weekend getaway.