Holidaymakers looking for a vacation in a wonderful coastal location should look no further than Hout Bay in South Africa. Situated in the Western Cape in the south west corner of the country there are many interesting things to do and see in Hout Bay. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, B&Bs, villas and apartments.
Hout Bay is a lovely place on the Cape Peninsula with a white sandy beach suitable for sunbathing and beach volleyball. There are stables nearby for anyone wishing to take a horse ride along the beach. The beach is very safe for swimming and the waters here are also popular for surfing, kite boarding, kayaking and boating. Boats can be chartered from the harbour taking holidaymakers on deep sea fishing trips. There are plenty of hiking and cycling routes here including Chapman’s Peak walk, which provides great views of the area. A number of golf courses are located in the area including the 18-hole Clovelly Country Club par 70 course. Hout Bay has a variety of shops where visitors can purchase souvenirs, arts and crafts and many other items. Self catering holidaymakers will find a number of stores and market stalls from which to purchase fresh food and drink. Hout Bay also has several bars, coffee shops and restaurants with a good variety of cuisine.
Hout Bay is home to several places of interest including museums such as the Hout Bay Museum. There are many areas providing great scenic views such as the harbour and the Blackburn Ravine. A lovely place for a picnic is the grassy area of Fynbos where the ruin of East Fort still stands. Another big attraction in Hout Bay is the World of Birds, which is the biggest bird park in Africa. Cape Town city centre is just 30 minutes drive from Hout Bay and has many more interesting places to visit including the famous Table Mountain.
The Western Cape weather generally has warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters. The wettest month is usually June with an average of 93mm rainfall. The warmest months are January and February with an average temperature of 21 degrees centigrade, whilst in June, July and August the average is approximately 13 degrees centigrade.
Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is approximately 35 minutes drive from Hout Bay and has flights to and from various cities. These include the other main cities of South Africa as well as Amsterdam, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London and Singapore. There are seasonal flights from Frankfurt and Munich in Germany. Numerous car rental firms have counters in the international and domestic arrivals terminals. These include Avis, Budget, Dollar Thrifty, Europcar, First Car Rental, Hertz, National Alamo and Tempest.