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Hout Bay

Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
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  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seal island” (193 reviews)
“fish and chips” (133 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a beautiful area to visit or drive by. The scene is worth stopping and walking around for a little while

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beautiful beach, it was a sunny winter's day and the water was cold but we observed a small group of kids playing in the water and having lots of fun. The beach is flanked by mountains so the view is amazing. There are some restaurants...More

Thank AnnieTHK
Reviewed 5 days ago

Went to Hout Bay in Feb this year, really enjoyed the harbour with restaurants and shops, the day we went there was a market. there is a small shopping center and lots of small shops its really worth a visit, if you go there via...More

Thank fred T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Houts Bay is a high class enclave with modernist residences overlooking the ocean and a more gritty fisherman's wharf oceanside. Here you can see the seals who come to the docks for a hand out but on Saturday it comes alive hosting a fun, eclectic...More

Thank fififlies
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We left from the port here on a ride out to seal island. While we were waiting there were people who had seals they "trained" for photo ops which of course they are expecting payment for. There is a big craft area where I bought...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hout Bay is very pretty with seals that come into harbour and lovely views across the bay. Be careful when wandering around as there are areas that are not safe and tourists could easily get into difficult situations - a must do is to take...More

Thank Justdo
Reviewed 1 week ago

We arrived at Hout Beach via the Hop-On Hop-Off bus (blue route) and enjoyed the experience. Even though there was a light rain, there are souvenir shops, seal watching tours (in good weather) and a long sand beach which often has lots of shells for...More

Thank DavidGunn1
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very safe and calm bay. Nice place to wander around and make sure to see both sides of the bay. Child swimming friendly.

Thank SonjaB60
Reviewed 1 week ago

Place not to be left out including having the fresh fish at the superb restaurants and visit the souvenior shop

Thank 606hawaa
Reviewed 1 week ago

Hout Bay is unbelievably gorgeous. We could have spent the entire day just watching the ocean and bay.

Thank revjcs
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patrick c
6 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 FarahAbr72 | Reviewed this property |
The red tourist bus will take you to and from the city to Hout Bay and can be taken at your convenience for around $15. It stops at really great tourist attractions on the way and you can hop on and off at your leisure. You... More