Hello Hout Bay
With the Twelve Apostles to one side, the Atlantic on the other, and the Sentinel mountain peak ahead of you, first impressions of Hout Bay are exhilarating. This former fishing village, just 20 minutes from Cape Town’s city center, has bags of appeal. With surfing spots so good that Red Bull hold an annual surfing competition at Dungeons Reef, other attractions include the beach, East Fort gun battery, and the World of Birds – the largest bird park in Africa. On Friday nights and weekends, it’s all about Bay Harbor Market for crafts and food, or take a boat trip to the seal colony at Duiker Island. Try fresh fish at restaurants such as Mariner’s Wharf or head to The Lookout Deck for a drink and watch the fishing boats bob about in the harbor. If you feel the spirit of independence here, then you won't be far wrong. Hout Bay became a self-declared ‘republic’ in 1987, but its green ‘passports’ give you vouchers for local restaurants and shops rather than the ability to travel overseas.