Spectacular and comparable to Italy’s Amalfi Drive. Hewn out of solid Table Mountain rock Chapman’s Peak Drive commences in Hout Bay en-route to Cape Point, where the mighty Atlantic and Indian Oceans merge. Journey time to Cape Point is about an hour.
No need to travel hundreds of miles to see the whales. During season they are so close that these majestic mammals can be seen, heard and photographed from the balconies at Mariner’s Wharf or on its quayside.
Daily cruises from Hout Bay harbour aboard local charter boats, sail around the Sentinel mountain to Seal Island. Like elephants and lions in the wild, enjoy seeing seals feeding and breeding in their natural habitat. The duration of most cruises is about an hour.
Popular for walks, sunbathing and watersports, the beach is flanked by Mariner’s Wharf on its western end with Chapman’s Peak to the east.
Boasting soft white sand, safe bathing and the Disa River meandering down from Table Mountain expending itself into a tidal lagoon. Hout Bay beach is conveniently accessible. Parking is free for Mariner’s Wharf customers.
Less than ten minutes by car from Mariner’s Wharf the World of Birds is a rather special tourist attraction, one of the largest and most environmentally-friendly parks of its kind.
Fisherman’s World embraces Hout Bay’s historical Main Road precinct and consists of carefully restored fishermen’s cottages, its original Post Office and Telephone Exchange, babbling brooks, character wooden bridges and the rustic old Jail dating back to the 1700s.
These historical structures have been beautifully resuscitated into a precinct of crafters, shops and restaurants. And if you can spare a coin or two, do toss them into the Wishing Well at the Old Oak Tree because even if your wish doesn’t come true be assured that all donations go to charity.
Do not miss the awesome fishmarket, the famous restaurants and the interesting shops, which ensure the largest collection of marine artefacts, souvenirs, antiques and seafood under one roof anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere.
This township is situated on the Main Road into Hout Bay and offers interesting and ethnic guided tours.
Housed in the original country-school building more information about the above attractions is available, plus how South Africa’s political scenario impacted the local population.