Searching for a destination that's filled with charm, stunning views and exciting things to do? Look no further than Hout Bay!
Nestled on the Atlantic Seaboard, just over 20km from the heart of Cape Town city centre, is Hout Bay. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a popular living and travel destination. You’ll find locals and visitors alike flocking to Hout Bay to enjoy the beach, harbour, great restaurants, markets, stunning outdoor areas and more.
It’s no secret that we absolutely love Hout Bay! dk villas have three fabulous properties in Hout Bay: Harbour View Hout Bay, The Boardwalk Hout Bay and RivervieW Hout Bay. When staying in Hout Bay, the best way to experience the area is to head out and explore the scenery! In honour of this wonderful town and all the great ways there are to spend time here, we have put together a list of the top adventure activities in Hout Bay. Take a look at them below!
1. Paddle across the ocean waves on a Kayak Adventure
Experience one of the top activities in Hout Bay on an unforgettable kayak tour! This is the perfect way to get a unique perspective of Hout Bay. Head out onto the water and paddle along the iconic Atlantic Coastline with Kayak Adventures based in Hout Bay.
These scenic kayak excursions offer views across the shore. Look forward to seeing the town, the nearby seal sanctuary and the iconic Chapman’s Peak. Be sure to keep your eyes out for local marine life too! You could see seals, dolphins, penguins, sunfish and even whales at the right time of year! There is nothing quite like being out on the water!
Useful details: Book a spot with Kayak Adventures via their website. The minimum age is 7 years old and there is a maximum of 2 people per kayak (however, you don’t need to have a partner to enjoy a tour with Kayak Adventures. Trips are also weather dependent. Take a look at their website for more info.
Images courtesy of Kayak Adventures
2. Cycle around the neighbourhood on an e-bike
The Western Cape offers incredible natural scenery. This is especially true in Hout Bay. This coastal town borders the crashing blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean and boasts dramatic mountain ranges as a backdrop. An incredible way to explore the coastal area and mountain trails is on an e-bike. Book a trip with Cape Lion e-Rides and explore in an exciting way on pedal-assisted electric bicycles and electric MTBs.
There is a range of e-bike packages available in and around Hout Bay. Choose to picnic and ebike at Cape Point Vineyards - enjoy a half-day tour including a delicious picnic at the vineyards!
Chapman’s Peak is another fantastic option. Ride from Hout Bay and travel along the spectacular Chapman’s Peak Drive to Noordhoek. Enjoy a combination tour of the Imizamo Yethu township, meet locals and see historical points of interest with a local guide. See more of the coast on a beach walk and e-bike combo.
Options further afield include a Bay 2 Bay trip from Camps Bay to Hout Bay or the Camps Bay to Cape Point trip.
Useful details: Book trips with Cape Lion e-Rides on their website or rent an e-bike and explore an area of your choosing. Cape Lion e-Rides is running a special until the end of February, offering 3-for-2 on e-bike rentals for Prophete Navigator and road e-bikes.
Images courtesy of Cape Lion e-Rides
3. Snorkel with seals
This next entry is a definite bucket list experience! As Hout Bay is located on the coast, it’s no wonder that several of the top activities involve the water. Seal Snorkelling allows people to experience these wonderful marine animals in their natural habitat! Join Animal Ocean for an unforgettable and intimate seal snorkelling experience!
These excursions are fantastic for animal lovers, people passionate about the oceans and even budding photographers! Head off on a seal snorkelling trip and experience the ocean while learning more about the Cape Fur seal and the diversity of the local marine ecosystem.
Cape Town Bucket List also offer fantastic Seal Snorkelling excursions in Hout Bay and trips can be booked online.
Useful details: African Ocean Seal Snorkelling trips embark from Hout Bay. The
knowledgeable guides take up to 10 people out to the snorkelling site at Duiker Island. Bookings can be made on their website and the trips are available to all regardless of snorkelling experience. Trips are weather dependent.
Images courtesy of Animal Ocean
Image courtesy of Cape Town Bucket List
4. Cruise along one of the most scenic roads in the world on a motorbike
Great views, bucket list-worthy driving routes and a unique way to travel - that's what you can expect from Cape Sidecar Adventures! Using their fleet of 30 refurbished WWII sidecars, the company offers fully chauffeured tours around the Cape Peninsula, Cape Winelands and wider Western Cape area.
One of the most scenic trips is the route that travels through Hout Bay and traverses Chapman’s Peak Drive. The 4-hour half-day trip does a loop from the depot in Salt River or the V&A Waterfront, travels along the Atlantic Seaboard, Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Simon’s Town and the Constantia Winelands. The tour includes a stop for lunch and an option for a visit to a wine farm if time permits - not a bad day out! The price includes use of the sidecar, driver, full access to Cape Sidecar Adventures driving gear ((helmets, jackets etc) and complimentary bandanas, fuel and insurance.
There are also short 2-hour trips and full-day tour options that include Hout Bay on the itinerary.
Useful details: The bikes come with a driver and a sidecar that holds one person. A second person can sit behind the driver. There are new bikes that can accommodate up to three people. Bookings can be made on the website.
Images courtesy of Cape Sidecar Adventures
5. Enjoy a bespoke picnic in a beautiful setting
With its beautiful scenery and array of outdoor options, Hout Bay is the perfect place to enjoy a mouthwatering picnic outdoors! This may be the “calmest” entry on the list with regards to adrenaline-pumping activities. However, you can get as adventurous as you’d like when picking your picnic venue! Protea Picnics is the perfect way to enjoy a customised picnic in Hout Bay!
Described as upmarket and affordable picnics perfect for families, couples or groups of friends, Protea Picnics offer fresh and seasonal food options. You pick your perfect picnic from a range of menus. Select an item from each menu including dips, pate and homemade bread, quiches and pastries, salads, main protein, something sweet. There are vegetarian and vegan options. Put together your perfect picnic and then feast in your favourite spot! Great locations for picnics include Hout Bay Beach, one of the picnic spots along Chapman’s Peak Drive, or one of the beautiful hiking trails.
Useful details: Pre-order your picnic through Sally at Protea Picnics. Booking information can be found on Protea Picnics social media channels. Picnics cost R275 per person - create your picnic by selecting one item from each of the 5 menus. Orders must be placed 2 days beforehand by 12pm and picnics are for a minimum of 2 people. Collect in Hout Bay or enjoy free delivery within a 20km radius of Hout Bay.
Images courtesy of Protea Picnics
6. Soar above the treetops on a zipline adventure
If you enjoy high-flying adventure and adrenaline-pumping activity in the outdoors, head to Silvermist Organic Wine Estate near Hout Bay. Here, you can experience one of Cape Town’s most memorable activities with Cape Town Zipline Adventures!
Get your heart racing and admire the breathtaking views of the Table Mountain National Park and Constantiaberg mountain ranges as you traverse the ziplines. In fact, this is one of the longest and highest zipline tours in Africa! There are 12 platforms that start off high in the mountains and descend the slopes using ziplines of various lengths and heights; the highest sits at 255 meters while the longest line is just under 500 meters! Cruise along the zipline course and marvel at the scenery of the Cape Floral Kingdom - the most biodiverse in the world!
Useful details: Cape Town Zipline Adventures is operated by SA Forest Adventures and is open 7 days a week. Average fitness levels are required and the minimum age to participate is 6. Booking can be made on their website. On the day, you will receive a full safety briefing before the tour starts and the assistance of trained guides throughout. Getting there - Silvermist Estate overlooks Hout Bay and is located at the top of Hout Bay Main Road.
7. Take to the high seas on a boat trip
The last entry on this list is another great activity to enjoy on the water. Hout Bay boasts incredible marine life including whales, seals and dolphins. The best way to watch these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is on a boat trip! Captain Jacks operates adventure filled boat tours from Hout Bay.
Hop aboard and get cruising! Enjoy the scenic views of the shoreline from the high speed boats operated by experienced skippers. Sightings can include Long Beaked Common and Heavyside
Dolphins, Sun Fish and Cape Fur Seals while from June to November, Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde Whales make their annual migration from the cold waters of Antarctica to the warmer waters of Cape Town.
Useful information: Boat trips can be enjoyed year-round, however, if you are hoping to see whales - be sure to book during their migration period. Trips are weather dependent and bookings can be made on the Captain Jacks website.
Be sure to add these adventurous activities to your itinerary the next time you visit Hout Bay. Each offers a unique way to experience the town while getting your adrenaline pumping!