Activities in Hout Bay

Hout Bay is a protected and calm bay offering a safe swimming beach and water sport opportunities from surfing to kite boarding and boating.

Hout Bay started off as a small fishing village, but has now grown to a population of some 17,000 (and many more thousands in tourist seasons). As you would expect for such a popular location there are an abundance of activities in Hout Bay to keep you busy.

Despite the activities in Hout Bay being mirrored by its modern European vibe, this has not been at the expense of maintaining its unique combination of fishing harbour and country atmosphere and a perfect balance has been achieved. You can expect to enjoy a wide variety of activities in Hout Bay.

Below we introduce you to just a few of the activities in Hout Bay:

Outdoor Activities in Hout Bay

The most obvious, and extremely popular of activities in Hout Bay are of course supplied by nature. Scenic Hout Bay is surrounded by mountains on one side and sea on the other. It’s got a protected child-friendly swimming beach framed by Chapmans Peak on the one side and Sentinel on the other, with very little swell or currents.

Hiking and walking activities in Hout Bay

For a those seeking activities in Hout Bay that also keep you fit try:

  • A wonderful walk is Hout Bay to Sandy Bay. Enjoy amazing, panoramic views as you travel from one scenic bay to another.
  • The contour path hike runs from East Fort, just outside Hout Bay, to Chapmans Peak itself and offers some of the best views in Cape Town and one of the nicest walks on the Table Mountain Chain.
  • Constantia Nek Dams – on a clear day the scenic views are spectacular and great for photographs. When you reach the Woodhead and Hely Hutchinson Dams consider a picnic lunch or just relax and take in this peaceful, tranquil setting.
  • Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Gardens – One of the best views on this walk is the aerial view of Kirstenbosch with the towering slopes of Table Mountain to the left. Treat yourself to brunch or lunch at Kirstenbosch gardens and take in the amazing scenery.

Swimming and beach activities in Hout Bay

The beautiful beach of Hout Bay is one of the more favoured spots for activities in Hout Bay. This sandy, powdery, white  beach stretches almost a kilometre in length and varies between 200 and 400 meters in width. Ample room for the often seen games of beach volleyball,  cricket,  jogging and horse riding.

Hout Bay is a protected and calm bay offering a safe swimming beach and water sport opportunities from surfing to kite boarding and boating.

Of course, for those sun lovers who just want to chill out – you get to marvel at the sheer beauty of the surrounding mountains, white sandy beach and indigo water.

So for activities in Hout Bay be sure to ‘check out’ the beach there is always something going on.

Other Activities in Hout Bay

  • One of the most popular activities in Hout Bay,  is a visit to the picturesque working harbour. It attracts people from all walks of life. No matter if you visit the harbour to shop for fresh fish or seafood or to enjoy a sundowner on the deck of one of the harbour’s restaurants the happy, salty atmosphere is contagious. Bring your kids. They generally enjoy the feeding of the tame, opulent Cape Fur Seals.

Activities in Hout Bay

Colourful Hout Bay


  • Hout Bay Museum – The Hout Bay museum exhibits the early strandlopers (hunter-gatherers), who lived in the Cape when the first Europeans arrived. Here you also find memorabilia relating to the early fishing industry.
  • The South African seafisheries museum – The South African seafisheries museum in Hout Bay documents the history of Hout Bay harbour, different fishing methods and interesting items found in the sea.
  • The Hout Bay Craft Market – The Hout Bay craft market is great for a treasure hunt. Its a nice place to find locally produced (often by imizamo yethu) curios and woodcarvings from African countries further north.
  • A must not miss, on the list of activities in Hout Bay,  is a visit to the Bay Harbour Market – excellent food, curios and an atmosphere that is truly unique with live music, specialty beers and food – be prepared to become a regular!
  • The World of Birds – The world of birds has more than 3000 birds housed in its large aviaries. The owner supports breeding programs with endangered species.
  • Hout Bay’s seal island – another ‘must do’ on your  activities in Hout Bay list  – a seal colony that can be visited by glass bottom boat. Tours are leaving several times a day from the harbour.
  • Mariner’s Wharf for some excellent seafood , curio shops and a nautical antique shop.
  • Adventure-lover and exhilarating thrill-seeker activities – kayaking, mountain-biking, surfing, fishing charters and jet-skiing.
  • Of course after experiencing all the activities in Hout Bay there are lots of restaurants, shops and pubs for local seafood, great food and relaxing.
  • Even the die hard surfers can find ample activities in Hout Bay. On big days in winter Hout Bay is one of the popular and internationally recognized big wave surf spots. Waves in access of 30 ft break below Sentinel at a spot called Dungeons. Take a picnic, bring binoculars and watch.

Tame seals at Hout Bay harbour

Chapman’s Peak Drive is a very popular location for photographers, and film makers. No doubt you will have seen a few of the adverts and when you visit in person you will be in no doubt as to why it is so popular. An amazing drive and picnic stop over and don’t miss the sun downers as you stand in awe of the mountain backdrop, the meandering road and deep blue Atlantic ocean. ‘Chappies’ is not only one of the most popular activities in Hout Bay but one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Known to only a few but nestled high up on the slopes in Hout Bay, is an independent family owned winery, Hout Bay Vineyards. A  fantastic place to visit for a very personal, intimate wine tasting

  •  The Clay cafe offers you the chance to create your own piece of art pottery. Paint, sculpt and decorate to create your own signature piece! The best bit is the kids love it!

If you want to venture a little further, another attraction of  Hout bay is its easily accessible location from Cape Town and the Southern Suburbs. A short drive, always a scenic one, and you will discover a host of other amenities and things to do.


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