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Hout Bay tours & holiday packages

Cape Town's magnet for fresh fish, local art and oceanside relaxation

Visit this small fishermen's town to enjoy the catch of the day at the harbour, take a cruise around the bay or scour the local markets.

Only 20 kilometres along the Cape Peninsula from Cape Town's centre, Hout Bay is close enough to the city to visit on a day trip, but far enough to get away from it all for a weekend. The town is embraced by mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. At its working harbour, visitors can order fresh fish and chips, calamari or prawns at the restaurants or fast-food outlet at Mariner's Wharf to enjoy while looking out over the ocean.

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Adel Groenewald says

The drive to Hout Bay is partly why I enjoy going there over weekends. The Hout Bay Harbour market is my favourite spot in town.

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There are many other activities to while away the hours in Hout Bay. Affordable boat cruises go out more than once a day from the harbour to Duiker Island (also known as Seal Island) and back. The Hout Bay Harbour market takes place every Friday and Sunday in a revamped fish factory and vendors sell everything from craft beer and fresh produce to clothes and handcrafts.

The World of Birds is the largest bird sanctuary in the southern hemisphere and guests can meet some of the 3,000 different bird species that live here. The Hout Bay Museum is a great place to learn about the town's origins. Hout Bay also caters for beach-goers. The main beach has soft white sand and the water is calm enough for children to swim in. The Atlantic Ocean is, however, known for being quite cold and pollution issues have occurred in the past.

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