Hout Bay is a beautiful and unique coastal town near Cape Town, South Africa. It derives its name from the Afrikaans word Houtbaai meaning Wood Bay and was first made famous for its ample supply of good timber desperately required by the Dutch colony established in Table Bay in 1652. Very little of the original forests still exist today and Hout Bay has been transformed into a bustling little village with an estimated population of over 42000 people.
Hout Bay's beauty is unforgettable and is surrounded by an amphitheatre of mountains that seem to majestically guard over its calm indigo bay. Hout Bay beach consists of a large stretch of powder white sand with a gentle river running through the middle.
Hout Bay is loved not just for its breath-taking scenery but also for the relaxed family orientated lifestyle it offers. It is often affectionately referred to as the Republic of Hout Bay due to the unique pride and passion of its residents. Although elections for the Republic of Hout Bay have not been held for many years the Hout Bay passport is still available.
Hout Bay offers an exceptional holiday experience with an emphasis on nature, sun, see and sand...
South Africa through the looking glassBoston GlobeCOLD, SPORADIC showers fell as I drove at dawn through Hout Bay, the fishing village where I lived, to the Hangberg Community Hall. The weather mirrored the mood: Uncertainty hovered over the country. It was Wednesday, April 27, 1994, and South Africa ...Posted on 24 April 2014 | 9:55 pm
Two Oceans: Like taking candy from a babyMail & Guardian OnlineWe run to the top and then down, into Hout Bay. Every runner has a number – 30766 in my case – and, printed under that, a first name. This lets spectators egg you on, personally. As I jog into the town, a portly man in a comfortable fold-up chair ...and more »Posted on 24 April 2014 | 3:00 pm
Dear Reader: Democracy in action & Cape Point for PointNoseweekIt seems that the majority prefer turning a semi-rural agrarian idyll into a shop-till-you-drop mini-Hout Bay. The Editor. Copyright © 2014 www.noseweek.co.za. Share this article on your favourite Social Network: mixx del.icio.us Reddit Digg Twitter ...and more »Posted on 23 April 2014 | 11:22 pm
Zille says state is neglecting Cape fishing harboursBDliveThe 12 proclaimed small fishing harbours refer to Port Nolloth, Lamberts Bay, St Helena Bay, Saldanha Bay, Gansbaai, Arniston, Kleinmond, Hermanus, Struisbaai, Gordon's Bay, Kalk Bay and Hout Bay. The constitution places each harbour under the ...and more »Posted on 22 April 2014 | 11:45 pm
Independent OnlineZille's anti-drug plan for W CapeIndependent OnlineHelen Zille addresses DA supporters at a rally in Hout Bay. File Photo: Armand Hough. Cape Town - A total of 250 000 police on the streets is one of the election promises Democratic Alliance Leader Helen Zille made during an anti-drugs and gangsterism ...Posted on 19 April 2014 | 6:02 am