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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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good37%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“seal island” (227 reviews)
“fish and chips” (155 reviews)
“mariner's wharf” (36 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
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+27 21 790 7278
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"seal island"
in 227 reviews
"fish and chips"
in 155 reviews
"mariner's wharf"
in 36 reviews
"chapman's peak"
in 87 reviews
"snoek"
in 29 reviews
"calamari"
in 31 reviews
"sea lions"
in 26 reviews
"lovely beach"
in 34 reviews
"boat ride"
in 61 reviews
"craft market"
in 32 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 59 reviews
"beautiful scenery"
in 24 reviews
"cape point"
in 54 reviews
"boats"
in 80 reviews
"fishing"
in 39 reviews
"dunes"
in 26 reviews
"souvenirs"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Stopped off on city tour bus. The setting is beautiful and interesting to see seals and a fishing harbour but otherwise not a huge amount going on...although it is low season and cold day

Thank Rob K
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Can’t ever complain when I visit South Africa and go to Hout Bay, the drive through the winding mountains is beautiful just take care to go slower than normal please. Once you’ve transversed the mountain drive you’ll be presented with the beautifully quaint town of...More

Thank Oliver H
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Take your shoes off and go for a walk on this beautiful beach and enjoy where you are and what you are doing!! Simply AMAZING!

Thank Michael O
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Lovely fish markets surrounding, I was too full to try out the homey braaied fish but it sure smelled great and will be back to try it. There was an array of boats old and new and great scenery for pictures.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

seal excursion is recommended. Nice food in harbour.chapman peak.world of birds.cleycafe recommended

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Maybe our expectations were too high but would happily have skipped Hout bay. The harbour was v smelly and hawkers lined up with their wares. Any seals that appear were lured by guys who expect a small fee if you take a picture. However there...More

Thank Llama44
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So adorable seal here. You can feed some fish to a seal (pay to fisherman around here). Many seafood restaurant in hout bay. You can try fish and chips.

Thank porporpor
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hout Bay is more secluded than the other parts of CT but the market makes it an interesting place to visit. The Chapman Peak drive is usually closed so if one's coming from the south then check ahead of time if you can cross it....More

Thank Traveleator
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places I have seen. Besides the smell of fish (being a fish harbour), the beach is absolutely breathtaking. Crystal clear flat sea. You may even be lucky to see seals basking about.

Thank Jonathan E
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the freshest fish and chips overlooking this bay, the sun shone and the water rippled. A lady sat feeding a seal who was very friendly to the tourists!

Thank Cheryl095
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patrick c
November 6, 2016|
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Response from LJSJhb | Reviewed this property |
Apparently so. but doubt you will find a spot ! Extremely overcrowded
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razan h
February 10, 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.
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Michael e
January 30, 2016|
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Response from Z7559PVmohamede |
There is very good and reliable bus service called the Myciti bus service.You can take the bus from Cape Town airport to the Civic Centre in town.From the Civic Centre there are many bus routes that can connect you to Hout... More
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