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...
Times LIVECape Town shack fire leaves 118 people displacedTimes LIVEIn the most devastating of the five fires that had broken out since Friday night, 80 people were displaced and 20 shacks were destroyed when a fire broke out at the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement in Hout Bay. In Ravensmead, two adults and a child ...Over 100 displaced after shack firesEyewitness Newsall 3 news articles »Posted on 20 December 2014 | 3:25 am
Times LIVEStudent who 'urinated' on taxi driver not a racist, says black friendTimes LIVEMhlahlo is a violinist from Imizamo Yethu, a township in Hout Bay. Commenting outside the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, where the case is being heard, Mhlahlo said his friend was not a racist. "We have been friends for many years. He shared his house ...Posted on 19 December 2014 | 1:20 am
Irish Times16 extra schools to benefit from expanded building programmeIrish Timeshildren in an Oranjekloof School classroom in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Photograph: Rogan Niall Mellon turns from houses to schools after crash · Newpark Comprehensive in Blackrock, Co Dublin, one of 70 major school building projects, School building: ...Posted on 18 December 2014 | 10:11 am
Times LIVEMy Hood: Helen Zille revels in RosebankTimes LIVEHelen Zille, 63, premier of the Western Cape and leader of the DA, lives at Leeuwenhof, the premier's residence in Oranjezicht. "But normally we live in Rosebank: we have ironically nicknamed our house Nkandla Lite." ...Posted on 16 December 2014 | 8:25 pm
Independent OnlineSumptuous estate, then a sublime secretIndependent OnlineSpeaking of people in the fast lane, I met Laurence and Anne Marie Graff a couple of times in France during the Grand Prix and our paths crossed again recently, over lunch in Hout Bay. He had just got his hands on to the late Cape Town artist Vladimir ...and more »Posted on 29 November 2014 | 11:03 pm