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Hout BayCape Town

Browse stalls and enjoy live music in the harbor market, trek along the mountain trails and surf atop Atlantic swells.

Hout Bay is a valley town in the shadow of enormous Table Mountain and its national park. It offers one of the world’s top surfing spots, a rich fishing scene and a variety of hotels to suit vacationers’ budgets. Admire the flowing stream of the Hout Bay River meandering through the center of the town.

Rent a car to drive along Chapman’s Peak Drive, an acclaimed route hugging the sides of its namesake mossy green mountain and overlooking the ocean. The scenic road is part of the Cape Argus Cycle Race and the Two Oceans Marathon. Hike along the myriad trails through the mountain vegetation surrounding the town.

Stroll along the quaint Hout Bay Harbour and admire the colorful array of boats. Chat with local fishermen and rent equipment to catch yellowfin tuna and spot sea birds flying overhead. Get a glimpse into the local culture at the Bay Harbour Market, which has live music performances, arts and crafts stalls and food sections.

Spread a blanket on the sand at Hout Bay Beach for your family and friends and enjoy a picnic. Try sea kayaking and surfing in the water, which is ideal for swimming. Surfers should head to Dungeons, a highly acclaimed spot with consistently large Atlantic swells. Attend the annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa at the end of July.

Note that the name of the town also refers to the bay itself and the entire valley. Try the area’s local specialties, such as fish and chips and other seafood in the high-end restaurants.

Expect a pleasant climate year-round. Hout Bay has mild winters with fairly cold lows and hot summers from November to March.

Find the town 12 miles (20 kilometers) southwest of Cape Town in the province of Western Cape. It is just north of the communes of Noordhoek and Kommetjie on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula.

Hout Bay is a lively port town with an active marina, spectacular mountain views and sandy beaches.

Top hotels in Hout Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chapmans Peak Hotel
Chapmans Peak Hotel
4 out of 5
Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape

Offering direct access to the beach, this Hout Bay hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek Beach and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (84 reviews)

"It was an excellent stay and memorabilia which was a business trip, would love to go with family again and stay in the same hotel and enjoy a lot with family."…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul 2020

Chapmans Peak Hotel
Tintswalo Atlantic
Tintswalo Atlantic
5 out of 5
1 Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £309 per night

This Hout Bay lodge is on the beach, 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Hout Bay Harbour, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens and Lions Head. ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Pure luxury

"Tintswalo was worth every penny. From the moment you are greeted your every need is tended to, water, candy, delicious meals. The rooms are themed around different islands and we stayed in Lamu, which is a Kenyan island. The bed is super comfortable and every accommodation you need is accounted for. ..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Tintswalo Atlantic
theLAB Cape Town | Tarragona
theLAB Cape Town | Tarragona
4 out of 5
2 Garron Avenue, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free cancellation
The price is £68 per night

Located in Hout Bay, this spa guesthouse is 1 mi (1.6 km) from World of Birds and within 3 miles (5 km) of Beau Constantia and Table Mountain National Park. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (105 reviews)
Amazing stay

"We stayed for 10nts and never wanted to leave! Wayne & D are brilliant nothing is too much for them. Any issues are dealt with promptly without hesitation. They’re turning the place into something amazing. It’s a clean bright modern place, well kept by the staff. Rooms are cleaned daily. It’s a peaceful ..."…"

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2020

theLAB Cape Town | Tarragona
Cap Serein Guest House
Cap Serein Guest House
4 out of 5
17 Saddlers Row, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £42 per night

Located in Hout Bay, this guesthouse is 0.6 mi (1 km) from World of Birds and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Hout Bay Craft Market. Hout Bay Beach and Kirstenbosch National ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (14 reviews)

"Handy to the airport (30mins) and a great location for exploring Cape Town and environs: beaches - Hout Bay, Camps Bay, (15mins), Kirstenbosch Botanic Gardens(15mins), Constantia wine district (15mins) and the Cape Peninsula via way of the cliff-hanging Chapmans Peak road. Not to mention Cape Town ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2018

Cap Serein Guest House
Victorskloof Lodge
Victorskloof Lodge
3.5 out of 5
16 Victorskloof Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £66 per night

Located in Hout Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 9 mi (15 km) of Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Chapmans Peak and Constantia Wine Route. Table Mountain ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)

"Everything about Victorskloof Lodge was above expectation - the location, accommodation and amenities were first class, with the views over Hout Bay a constant source of wonder. The hosts were very accommodating, the staff first class, and the breakfast perfect for setting us all up for the day! ..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Feb 2020

Victorskloof Lodge
Beach House Hout Bay
Beach House Hout Bay
3 out of 5
18 Princess Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £42 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Hout Bay guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay Craft Market and Bay Harbour Market. Sandy Bay Beach and World ...

4.3/5Excellent! (73 reviews)

"Great location on the beach and within walking distance of the shops and the harbour.Friendly staff and comfortable rooms"…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2020

Beach House Hout Bay

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Llandudno Beach
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Llandudno Beach

4.5/5(10 reviews)

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Hout Bay Beach
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Hout Bay Beach

5/5(1 review)

This lively coastal suburb of Cape Town lures visitors with its calm water and fisherman’s wharf, craft markets and scenic drives. 

Bay Harbour Market
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Bay Harbour Market

Artists, craft beer brewers, chefs and musicians come together to create the vibrant and welcoming atmosphere at this weekend market.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

4.5/5(177 reviews)

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

4.5/5(87 reviews)

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

Top things to do in Hout Bay

Snorkeling with seals adventure
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Snorkeling with seals adventure

£78
Per adult
Half-Day World of Birds & Two Oceans Aquarium Tour
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Half-Day World of Birds & Two Oceans Aquarium Tour

£46
Per adult
Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
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Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town

£151
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Safari from Cape Town
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Full-Day Safari from Cape Town

£162
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour
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Cape of Good Hope Full Day Tour

£55
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Craft Beer Brewery tasting trip
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Craft Beer Brewery tasting trip

£71
Per adult

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