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    Hout Bay

    by cokes Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Well Guys after visiting Camps Bay you just gotta visit Hout Bay. Its about more or less 10mins drive from Camps Bay and believe me the cliff side road all the way to Hout Bay is Absolutely beautiful.

    Hout Bay is a small fishing town , where you can get LEKKER "nice" snoek here.

    This is where the famous Chapmans Peak Drives starts. Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic marine cliff drives in the world. It is not advisable to take your eyes of the winding road which has a sheer drop to the sea. Luckily there are plenty of viewpoints for photos or a picnic, with spectacular scenery north to Hout Bay and south to Noordhoek and Kommetjie.

    This is a must see.

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    Hout Bay

    by nichole_521 Written Oct 31, 2005

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    HOUT BAY

    Hout Bay is one of my favorite ‘seaside villages’ located on the Cape Point. The views of the mountains and ocean are brilliant, the Sunday Market is vibrant, the smell of the sea and fresh fish linger in the air, and all of this gives off an old fishing town feel. We spent an afternoon driving Chapman’s Peak, shopping down at the harbor, dining at the Mariner’s Wharf, lounging on the beach and enjoying the Sunday Market.

    Things to do in Hout Bay:

    Chapman’s Peak Drive is a toll road, but worth the few bucks. It offers magnificent views of Hout Bay and great photo opportunities.

    From Hout Bay you can take a boat ride to Seal Island to scope out the Cape Fur Seals. Seal Island is a nature reserve and has no visitor access, but the charter boats will take you around the island to observe the seals.

    The World of Birds is also located in Hout Bay and has over 3,000 birds and small animals with a tropical landscape to walk through. The birds act as they would in the wild, but are not as scared of humans. It is open daily from 9am-5pm and is on Valley Road.

    Every Sunday there is a flea market (weather permitting) that offers a variety of things such as hot doughnuts, jewelry, baskets, paintings, animal figurines, wood fired pizzas, soaps, stationary and much more! This was one of the more unique flea markets in my opinion.

    Mariner’s Wharf offers some great seafood ranging from prawns to lekkerbekkies! I had fish and chips there and it was the best I have ever had. Take out food and fresh seafood to take home and cook is also available. I love the smell of the sea at the wharf; it is one I can not get at home in Minnesota!

    At the harbor check out the fishing boats and enjoy the atmosphere of this great town. The harbor is a busy place!

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    Houtbay - world of birds

    by mvtouring Written Feb 8, 2005

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    The largest bird park in Africa offers sanctuary to nearly 4000 birds. Over 350 different species can be seen up close and as if they were in their natural habitat as you walk through the large, landscaped aviaries.

    In addition to this brilliant array of indigenous and exotic birds, the beautiful park is also home to small animals such as meerkat and squirrel monkeys ensuring that it is a worthwhile destination for photographers and nature lovers alike.

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    by AndreSTGT Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Hout Bay

    Hout Bay on the Atlantic coast south of Cape Town is a mixture of a genuine fishing village and a tourist market located on a magnificent crescent bay. We were told by locals that this is the place for fresh, inexpensive seafood in the region, so we checked out the Kingfisher Restaurant at the harbour, and indeed, the king prawns were delicious.

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    Hout Bay

    by paradisedreamer Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    Hout Bay is nestled in a little nook between mountains and the bay. A mountain called the Sentinel guards the entrance to the bay. It is an active fishing harbour. Trawlers can be seen offloading tons of crayfish as well as snoek, tuna and other deep sea fish. There are some nice seafood restaurants (Mariner's Wharf - see my restaurant tip). There is also a nice beach.

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    Houtbay - The flora at World of Birds

    by mvtouring Written Feb 8, 2005

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    The largest bird park in Africa offers sanctuary to nearly 4000 birds. Over 350 different species can be seen up close and as if they were in their natural habitat as you walk through the large, landscaped aviaries.

    In addition to this brilliant array of indigenous and exotic birds, the beautiful park is also home to small animals such as meerkat and squirrel monkeys ensuring that it is a worthwhile destination for photographers and nature lovers alike.

    For those who love plants, you have to see the exotic plants they have here.

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    Hout Bay Seal Island Cruise

    by mirko77 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Experience a wonderful free scenic cruise from Hout Bay harbour to view thousands of Cape Fur seals close up in their natural habitat. Drumbeat Charters gets you so close to the seals you can almost touch them. You will be surrounded by the magnificent 331m high Sentinel Mountain and Chapmans Peak.

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    Hout Bay

    by chikidee Updated Oct 31, 2004

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    Hout Bay seen from Chapman's Peak

    I lived in Hout Bay for just over a month.
    Hout Bay itself isn't very interesting for tourists. The main tourist attractions are the boat tours to the Duiker islands to see the seals (leaving at the harbour), the long sandy beach, Chapman's Peak drive and the World of Birds, where you can see lots of birds obviously! :)

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    hout bay, sunday market

    by hebaemam Written Mar 24, 2011

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    i planned my trip to go to the cape point at sunday, so i can visit that market. its in hout bay, whie sandy beach bay... i took very nice picture there.
    the market is interesting, it was very burning and i had to use suntan before walking around....it was december
    i bought a couple of cloth bags,,, i still use till today...
    very nice place, watch the video i attached please

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    Hout Bay

    by rachel_sun Written Feb 25, 2003

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    CAPE POINT,VERY RUGGED

    Hout Bay was also a beautiful beach and it was safe to swim.Cruises depart from here to Duiker Island,with its fur seals.There were also a few bars,restaurants to eat at too. False Bay is south-east of Cape Town.This beach is on the indian ocean side.The sea here was nice and warm.During oct-nov whales come here.They come in quite close to the shore. Gordons Bay is a small beach with a canpsite close by.I found this beach the best in the area. Sandy Bay is a nudist beach.I did not go here. Long Beach is popular with surfers and has a caravan park.

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    Houts Bay

    by kentishgirl Written Mar 2, 2007

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    Hout Bay is another small bay just along the peninsular. Houts Bay was much more residential than Camps Bay, it was a lot quieter and there was not as much going on, we stopped and enjoyed a short walk nonetheless.

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    HOUT BAY

    by BerniShand Written Sep 20, 2006

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    Hout Bay is a fishing town rather than a resort, but we found it a pleasant place when we stopped for something to eat. We had driven through the day before on the way to Cape of Good Hope and had enjoyed breathtaking views of the bay and town when we stopped to look at the Eastern Battery at the beginning of Chapman`s Peak Drive
    Chapmans Peak Drive is beautiful, the road runs for 10km from Hout Bay to Noordehoek, construction of the road was started in 1915, completed in 1922 and was carved out of the side of the mountain, at the highest point the ocean is a 600m sheer drop below the road, there are various sites to pull off the road and admire the views

    World of Birds Wildlife Sactuary [which we didnt visit] is just off the M63 outside Hout Bay, we spoke to a family who had visited and their children had loved it, there is also the Hout Bay Museum to visit and boat trips to see the seal colony on nearby Duiker Island

    We visited Mariners Wharf which is the home of several cafes, a fresh fish market, a huge gift shop and an excellent restaurant which serves really good lobster

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    Hout Bay

    by lobstop Written May 6, 2004

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    Hout Bay and the Atlantic Ocean

    Hout Bay is on the way to the cape and it offers a breathtaking view over the coast line. The expectations are pretty high, because you have to pay to use the coastal road. There are only a view places to stop expecially southbound. But it is still worth it.

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    Houtbay

    by mvtouring Written May 1, 2010

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    Hout Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the Cape Peninsula and a highlight of any visit to Cape Town. It is the centre of the crayfish and snoek fishing industry, and its fishing harbour gives the little coastal town a lively atmosphere. But today, its main economic contributor is tourism.

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    Hout Bay.

    by euzkadi Updated Nov 9, 2006
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    From this beautiful port surrounded by the Chapman´s Peak and the Sentinel, you can get the boat to visit the Duiker Island (Seal island). I took the Drumbeat Charters boat to visit the island. A great experience.

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