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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.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good38%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“seal island” (203 reviews)
“fish and chips” (134 reviews)
“mariner's wharf” (35 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went with our small group and snorkeled with the seals. We left from hout bay, and after about a 20 min boat ride we were at seal island. We jumped into 9-degree waters (brr) but it was very worth it! An amazing expereince worth...More

Thank Daniel S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Amazing scenery and an incredible view across the bay. It's one of those places where you can just stand and look around for ages taking in the sight!

Thank Katrina H
Reviewed 4 days ago

Hout Bay is a typical tourist harbor, scenic tours to visit an island occupied by seals, souvenir shops and eateries. It's a small harbor, where a band was playing for the tourists boarding the ferry. It was a nice stay.

Thank BrittB611
Reviewed 4 days ago

The bay is beautiful, the fish & chips delicious & the indoor market was so good I had to go back the following weekend! I don’t have one negative thing to say. I absolutely loved Hout Bay. The people that I encountered there were just...More

Thank Melissa K
Reviewed 5 days ago

We came across this by taking a bus tour and deciding to stop and wander for a bit before taking the next bus onward. We had a bite to eat at the seafood restaurant and watched the "pet" seal and dogs playing on the beach....More

Thank BDL999_12
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place is really special and photos taken here are keepers... there's a small parking area and restrooms... Stopped here on my way to cape point...

Thank Yvette R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Hi travelers! Today about one of the most visited places in Western Cape - Hout bay. It's harbour with lots of restaurants, food joints, traditional african art and dancing, cruise boats and a big fat seal )))) who is kinda landmark of Hout bay)))) and...More

Thank Kras0tka
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Loads of activities, markets and great food. World of birds is a nice day trip. And make sure to visit Snookies for amazing fish and chips.

Thank 112tiaanl
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A must see when in South Africa. a delightful place to visit magnificent scenery. Very nice restaurants here too.

Thank Teresa N
Reviewed 6 days ago

Hout Bay is a must visit, especially if on a trip around the peninsula. A visit to Fish on the Rocks is imperative if you love fish and chips with a side of the best peri-peri prawns! The Hout Bay market is opposite the harbor...More

Thank Chantyld
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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