- My City Bus stops in Hout Bay and travels into town via Camps Bay. The Cape Town Red sightseeing bus also stops in Hout Bay.
- Ubers and Bolts are usually readily available (although we sometimes experience transport strikes in Cape Town), but the most cost effective way to explore the peninsula is probably to hire a car.
- UberEats and Mr Delivery have some limited offerings in the bay area
Cape Town is one of the most iconic cities in the world. In 2014, Cape Town was named the best place in the world to visit by both The New York Times and The Daily Telegraph, and it most recognisable landmark, Table Mountain, has been voted one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is a local diversity hotspot with one of the highest levels of biodiversity of any equivalent area in the world and home to the famous fynbos vegetation.
It is the second most popular city to visit in Africa, and boasts a temperate Mediterranean climate, dramatic coastlines, incredible natural beauty, warm hospitality as well as incredible food and wine.
While it has something for everyone, it is known to be an outdoor enthusiast’s ideal destination, with endless beaches, surfing, kite boarding, hiking, rock climbing, kloofing, paragliding and other outdoor adventures available.
Just 90 minutes to 2 hours away is the wonderful coastal town of Hermanus – one of the best whale watching places in the world (season is June to December) or follow the Atlantic coast north to West Coast National Park with its lovely lagoon and famous spring flowers. There are endless towns and places to explore in the Western Cape, with a wide variety of outdoor activities, including some of the best natural pool swimming anywhere in the world. You can even visit a big four game farm in the Western Cape.
To quote Hout Bay Tourism, Hout Bay is the ideal place for a holiday, its white sandy beach, fishing harbour, and thriving village is surrounded by beautiful mountains and offers something for all ages whether you enjoy adventure activities, scenic drives, or just relaxing in the sunshine. Hout Bay has most amenities any holiday maker needs, including access to excellent shops, markets and restaurants.
It is a perfect base for exploring the Cape Peninsula with the beautiful Chapmans Peak Drive as the southern gate way to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope National Park. Drive 20 minutes in the other direction and you can go for a picnic and walk in one of the most incredible botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch. An hour’s drive will take you to the renowned Cape Winelands where you can visit a wide variety of Wine Estates, or go local and explore the winelands of Constantia or Noordhoek.
The property is also only 5 minutes from Llandudno (also walkable), 10-15 minutes from iconic Camps Bay and Clifton and just 25 minutes from the Cape Town CBD, Sea Point promenade and V&A Waterfront, while at the same time being out of the Atlantic seaboard traffic of peak summer and tourist season.
There is plenty of hiking available in Cape Town and the surrounds, with many options available locally in Hout Bay. There are several easy hiking trails in the nature reserve, down to Sandy Bay and along the coast to Llundudno, which even has a “Sunset Rock”. Families often picnic on the sand dune at the top of the hill.
A short but steep 45 minutes hike up Little Lions Head starts only 5 minutes away with the most incredible views of the surrounding landscape. Just note it is not well marked at the top and is also rocky. It is generally not difficult but requires some rock scrambling and care to avoid accidents. Another great hiking alternative is to hike Chapmans Peak, with a hiking elevation of around 800m and incredible views of Hout Bay, Noordhoek and across to Fish Hoek and Simonstown.
There is no better location in Cape Town, if you want to be within minutes of the action but located in a quiet, tranquil and gorgeous seaside setting, where you can imagine you’re not in a major international city at all.