Amakhaya Golf Lodge

Discover Hout Bay

Hout Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the Cape Peninsula and a highlight of any visit to Cape Town.

Hout Bay has become very popular as a seaside resort town with its unique location at the start of the Atlantic Seaboard and just a 20 minute drive from the Cape Town city centre, almost halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point. The access road that runs from Camps Bay , offers a beautiful drive all along the sea. The town lies picturesquely in a wind-protected bay, surrounded in the west by the Karbonkel Mountain (653m), the famous Mount Sentinel (331m) as the outpost in the sea and in the east, by the Constantia Mountains and Chapman's Peak.

Hout Bay is the centre of the crayfish and snoek fishing industry, and its fishing harbour gives the little coastal town a lively atmosphere. Other than hiking, sailing, surfing, kayaking, fishing, cycling, having a picnic or suntanning at the beach, there is not much one can't do in Hout Bay . Lots of shops, restaurants or the famous craft market, every Sunday ... And the scenic Chapman's Peak Drive, the harbour, the bird park and Seal Island are all part of it. Enjoy champagne drives for sundowners, deep sea fishing or whale watching in the beautiful bay.

Getting into Cape Town from Hout Bay offers three distinct possibilities, all of which are scenic drives.

Chapman's Peak, although a toll road, remains one of the most beautiful and awesome routes with views to take your breath away, whilst the route over Suikerbossie Hill to Llandudno and other Atlantic beaches of Cape Town, in the shadow of the Twelve Apostles, is equally inspiring. The road that joins up with the Constantia Wine Route, over Constantia Nek, provides a bird's eye view of False Bay and takes you into the beautiful Constantia Valley.

Rebublic of Hout Bay

Hout Bay is called 'the republic of Hout Bay' by the residents. Earn the right to own one of Hout Bay 's very own passports - a cherished memento of many a visitor.

World of birds

The World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World. Over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species are uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walk through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature. Daily 9 am – 5 pm.

History

The name "Hout Bay" (Wood Bay) was given by Jan van Riebeeck (dutch explorer), who, after his landing in Table Bay in the year 1652, found dense forests providing the timber needed for the construction of ships and of the Castle. In 1681 the first farms - Ruyteplaas and Kronendal - were established in Hout Bay . The fishery on a commercial scale only developed a hundred years later. In 1904 a canning factory was opened, which in the following years gave Hout Bay 's economy its boost.