Along a scenic drive only 20 minutes from Cape Town’s City Center lays the small seaside town of Hout Bay. Known for its beautiful bay and working harbour, this little village is a great stop for a bite to eat or make a day of it and explore a day tour of Hout Bay.
The Hout Bay Harbour
One of Cape Town’s most picturesque working harbours, the wharfs of Hout Bay offer a great look into the everyday life of the working fishermen who call this town home. Stroll along the marina and you might even run into some unexpected marine visitors…
Endless eateries line the harbour and the town is proudly know for its fish & chips served at almost every outlet in the area. Just be wary of the hungry (and sometimes over eager) seagulls if you do decide to grab a bite.
Things to do in Hout Bay
Besides good food, the harbour is also home to a lovely craft market that runs every weekend. Great for those looking for gifts or the ones who’d like to browse proudly South African artisan crafts.
Various boat cruises to the nearby Duiker Island can also be booked at the harbour. (This is definitely a highlight of our Cape Point & Peninsula Day Tour!) Bring your sunscreen though, as summer in Cape Town is always a scorcher!
Best Time to Visit Hout Bay
Like most attractions in Cape Town, the best time to visit Hout Bay would be in the summer months. They days are longer, the weather is warmer, and the surrounding ocean shimmers with a beautiful shade of blue.
Add to your trip by visiting Chapman’s Peak Drive and take in the panoramic views of the Atlantic ocean and the sentinel protectively hanging over the town.
Winter mists and fog often hang thick in the area during the colder months, giving it an eerie charm. Some winter days in Cape Town are stunners too, and a day tour to Hout Bay can easily be added on to the agenda!
Best Time Summer:
- October – March
Best Time Winter:
- May – July