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July 11, 2013

Hout Bay - Where sea meets Milkwood Forest

A stunning Hout Bay sunset captured by Matt Long of Landlopers

Well known for its natural beauty, the name “Hout Bay” dates back to 1652, meaning “Wood Bay”, after the dense forests that characterised the area at the time.

With a long fishing history, it also serves up some of the best fish and chips in Cape Town at Mariner’s Wharf and Hout Bay harbour. Not far from the city but with a rustic seaside charm, Hout Bay offers many places to stay and eat at, as well as plenty to do.

Visit the Hout Bay Museum and the SA Sea Fisheries Museum, to learn more about the life of the historic strandlopers (hunter gatherers) and the growth of the early fishing industry. Walk with the animals at World of Birds, a four-hectare bird sanctuary for over 400 bird species and home to a Squirrel Monkey - Monkey Jungle. Book your seat on a cruise charter to Seal Island with Drumbeat Charters, or take off from Hout Bay for a deep sea tuna fishing excursion with Hooked on Africa.

Hout Bay’s “boho” shops, regular Craft Market and Bay Harbour Market are must-see shopping attractions.

The areas informal settlement, Imizamo Yethu, is also home to crafters of all kinds and the non-profit organisation, Iziko lo Lwazi Craftworkers, where visitors can see their work.

Just over the hill from Hout Bay – on the road to Camps Bay – is Llandudno, considered one of Cape Town’s most beautiful beaches and perfect for watching the sunset with a loved one. Visitors could consider staying in Llandudno at Sunset Rocks and exploring Hout Bay from their Llandudno base.

Travelling in the opposite direction out of Hout Bay, the breath-taking Chapman’s Peak Drive – all 9km’s and 114 curves of it – takes visitors on a journey along the rocky Atlantic Coast before reaching the semi-rural hub of Noordhoek.

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