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What to know about lifestyle and attractions in this suburb on the the Atlantic Seaboard
Hout Bay is one of the Atlantic Seaboard’s most beloved areas. The gorgeous seaside town is one of the larger suburbs in the area. Situated on the coastline, visitors to the area are bound to leave with beautiful photos but more importantly, they are able to experience great markets and a possible interaction with a seal or two.
Hout Bay is one of the busiest fishing harbours in the Western Cape. With the harbour being home to several seafood restaurants, you can guarantee the produce is fresh - making it a well-rounded attraction for both locals and tourists.
Where is Hout Bay?
Hout Bay falls between Llandudno, Constantia and borders on the stunning Noordhoek area. It covers 28.32 square km with a population of about 17 900. Prime real estate in the area is in the form of large houses situated on the slopes of the mountains. Hout Bay is 54.9km from Cape Point, and is 18.8km from Table Mountain.
The area is bordered by the Table Mountain National Park; there are three roads that go in and out of Hout Bay, which are all over the mountain passes. The route that goes through Camps Bay and Llandudno passes by Judas Peak and Little Lion’s Head. This is known as Suikerbossie and is one the strenuous parts of the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour. Chapman’s Peak is another road that can be used to get in and out of Hout Bay from Noordhoek Constantia Nek pass (between the back slopes of Table Mountain and Vlakkenberg) will get you in and out of Hout Bay from Constantia.
The history of Hout Bay
The Dutch settlers established a colony in Table Bay in 1652 and required large quantities of timber for all the construction taking place. With no forestry in close proximity to the area, the settlers ventured to an area on the seaboard that had regular rainfall which would give them them the ability to fell wood.
The fishing village of Hout Bay was probably established in about 1867 when a German immigrant, Jacob Trautmann, began to farm and fish in the area. Its name dates back to 1653, relating to the wood that was sourced from the area.
The area was divided into two sections, however as expansion accelerated, the farms were further subdivided to make room for urban expansion. Hout Bay is divided into 27 neighbourhoods.
Things to see and do in Hout Bay
Hout Bay is a popular destination that most Capetonians visit on weekends in an attempt to get out of town. This fishing town is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, with many things to preoccupy yourself.
One of the activities is surfing - you can catch a popular big wave known as the Dungeons. This surf spot is one of the 16 recognised big wave spots around the world and used to host the annual Red Bull Big Wave Africa competition, which was suspended due to the strength and height of the swells.
The area is also known for its diving spots as there are numerous reefs which divers can experience. One of the more popular reefs is called 2.5 purely because it is 2.5m deep. There is also one called 3.5 because of its depth again, and lastly there is a reef told to hold up to a 100-foot-high (30m) wave. There are also great hiking trails for the active visitors.
Fishing is popular as Hout Bay is the one of the ports with a rich marine life. The harbour is home to longfin tuna, yellowfin tuna and yellowtail. There are also pelagic sea birds which fly around, with many different species being spotted throughout the year. If you are not ready for a surfing, diving or fishing experience but still want to visit the harbour, there is still plenty for you to do. There are numerous restaurants, craft stores and fish outlets which overlook the bay. You can also jump onto a boat for a short trip to Duiker Island and around the The Sentinel.
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