Hout Bay & Mariner's Wharf

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In Hout Bay

-34.0469, 18.3482


+27 21 790 1100 www.marinerswharf.com


Scenic Hout Bay retains the character of a lively coastal town, with a lovely swimming beach, a picturesque harbour and some of the best fish and chips in the Cape. The town lies in a protected bay between Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel. It was given its name by the first governor of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck in 1652. “Hout Bay” means “Wood Bay”, which reflected the dense forests that characterised the area at the time.

Aside from the beach and harbour, visitors can visit the Hout Bay Museum and the Hout Bay Craft Market, where you can pick up a range of African curios.

It is also home to the World of Birds, which has more than 3 000 birds housed in its large aviaries – although this sanctuary is looking a little shoddy these days.

Hout Bay is the launch point for cruises to Duiker Island, home to a large seal colony. If the water is too cold for a swim, the beaches around Hout Bay are wonderful for long strolls. The town is also a good base from which to book kayaking, mountain biking, fishing and other activities

No visit to Hout Bay is complete without a visit to the Mariner’s Wharf. It maintains an authentic harbour-side ambience and its many restaurants offer excellent fish dishes - there is always an abundance of fresh fish, prawns and calamari on the menu. An on-site smokery turns out speciality oak-smoked snoek and delicatessen fare, complemented by an impressive range of estate wine, beer and liqueurs. There is also a bakery, nautical gift and curio shops and a nautical antique shop.