Hout Bay

One of Cape Towns most sought after areas, Hout Bay has a stream of attractions to keep the area popular and house prices a good investment

Hout Bay started off as a small fishing village, but has succeeded in maintaining its unique combination of fishing harbour and country atmosphere despite having a population of about 17 000 inhabitants.

Scenic Hout Bay is surrounded by mountains on one side and sea on the other. Its a 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.

A picturesque working harbour attracts people from all walks of life. No matter if you come shopping for fresh fish or seafood or enjoy a sundowner on the deck of one of the harbour’s restaurants, the happy salty atmosphere is contagious. Kids enjoy the Cape fur seals that can also be found below the docks.

Colourful Hout Bay


Hout Bay highlights include:

  • Hout Bay Museum – The Hout Bay museum exhibits on 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 pieces 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.
  • 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 – 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.
  • Bathing beaches in and around Hout Bay, including a nudist beach in Sandy Bay and well-known surfing beach in Llundudno
  • Various hikes along the 12 Apostels or up Sentinel
  • Adventure-lover and exhilirating thrill-seeker activities – kayaking, mountain-biking, surfing, fishing charters and jet-skiing.
  • There are lots of restaurants, shops and pubs for local seafood.
  • 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


Hout Bay is easily accessable from Cape Town and is central to a host of other amenities and ideal for those who work in Cape Town CBD.

To discuss your requirements for Properties for sale in Hout Bay, email us here or phone our area buyers consultant Marco Garuti on + 27 (0) 83 265 8800.