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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Hout Bay

Afrikaans name: Houtbaai

Hout Bay

Hout Bay harbour

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Western Cape

Hout Bay is a picturesque town on the Atlantic Ocean side of the Cape Peninsula. It is also the name of the bay itself. The town is situated around 20km south of the Cape Town CBD.

Hout Bay weather


The name originates from the Afrikaans word for wood (hout). In the 17th century the Dutch had settled in the area of modern day Cape Town and needed large amounts of timber for building. Apparently Jan van Riebeeck said that the most beautiful forests that he had ever seen were to be found at Hout Bay.

The harbour is one of the main attractions in the area and a boat trip to nearby Seal Island is a must. The harbour itself is the 9th most popular tourist destination in the Cape Town region.


References and further reading

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 123

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 38

Country Life - Issue 218 - Author: - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 64

Country Life - Issue 276 - Author: - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 64

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 22

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 12

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 289

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 33

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 24

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 101

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