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Hout Bay
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...


Africa: A Beach Guide - Huffington Post

Africa: A Beach GuideHuffington PostCloser to Cape Town, there is Dungeons in Hout Bay, where the massive waves create epic conditions; as a result, it's only suitable for experienced surfers. Outside South Africa, Mauritius has a famous wave called 'One Eye', due to the small hole that ...

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 12:48 pm

Cape Town must use design award to close the urban divide - Cities Today

Cape Town must use design award to close the urban divideCities TodayTake any Brazilian visitor to the suburb of Hout Bay near Cape Town, which is so reminiscent of Ipanema Beach in Cape Town's sister city Rio de Janeiro for its picture postcard beauty of green mountains rising out of the blue Atlantic, and what do they ...and more »

Posted on 29 July 2014 | 8:03 am

'Not on our doorstep' - Times LIVE

Times LIVE'Not on our doorstep'Times LIVEThe chairman of the Hout Bay Residents and Ratepayers' Association, Len Swimmer, said: "Noordhoek is an equestrian village, let's keep it that way." Rory Sales, a resident and secretary of the Noordhoek Environmental Action Group, which also objected ...

Posted on 27 July 2014 | 3:03 pm

Märchenhaftes Fischerdorf Hout Bay – schöner Ort in Kapstadt, Südafrika - Touring-Afrika.de (Blog)

Touring-Afrika.de (Blog)Märchenhaftes Fischerdorf Hout Bay – schöner Ort in Kapstadt, SüdafrikaTouring-Afrika.de (Blog)Hinzu kommt aber ein riesiges Fischvorkommen in der Bucht und in den angrenzenden Gewässern, so dass Hout Bay ab dem 19. Jahrhundert starken Zuzug von Menschen erlebte. Lange Zeit war es einer der wichtigsten Orte für Südafrikas Fischerei.

Posted on 24 July 2014 | 12:41 am

Drinking in inspiring scenery - Independent Online

Independent OnlineDrinking in inspiring sceneryIndependent OnlineDespite the recent environmental uproar about the addition of a new toll office block at the start of Chapman's Peak Nature Reserve, and the drive linking Hout Bay to Noordhoek, this remains without a doubt the most breathtaking scenic stretch of road ...

Posted on 23 July 2014 | 9:02 am