My family and I recently spent two days discovering the beautiful town of Hout Bay with plenty to explore. Here are some of my day planning ideas for exploring this fun town.
Day 1: We headed to Hout Bay Harbour for a Seal Island Cruise and then had lunch at Dunes Restaurant
Day 2: We started our day at the Bay Harbour Market for breakfast, which serves a large selection of tasty delights located in the Hout Bay Harbour and then went to World of Birds.
World of Birds
This is a wonderful outing for kids, there is plenty to see you could easily spend a few hours exploring and they do not only have birds. Set in a tropical garden, World of Birds is the largest bird park in Africa with over 3000 birds and small animals to view of 400 different species. You can watch the penguins, pelicans or birds of prey being fed or have a personal encounter with a squirrel monkey. The cheeky squirrel monkeys provide plenty of entertainment, the kids absolutely love this experience. The Monkey Jungle is open from 11:30am to 1pm, and 2 to 3:30pm. The talking parakeet will have your children in fits of laughter. They also have owls, macaws, flamingos, porcupines, marmosets, guinea pigs, ducks, eagles, swans and plenty more. R95 / adult, R45 / child, children under 2 are free. Open daily from 9am – 5pm. Valley Road, Hout Bay
Seal Island Cruise
Enjoy a scenic cruise to visit the adorable colony of Cape Fur Seals and watch then basking in the sunshine and playing in the ocean. Tours depart from Hout Bay Harbour to Duiker Island and take approximately 45 minutes. You might also be fortunate to see dolphins or whales. Southern Right Whales are plentiful in False Bay between July and November. Remember to choose a sunny day and calm waters. There are three charter company’s offering this trip with different time schedules. My tip, the Nauticat is a catamaran and therefore more stable if sea sickness is a concern. Cost is approximately R40/child, and R80/adult. Hout Bay Harbour
Dunes is an idyllic seaside Restaurant with beautiful oceans views and the perfect place for families looking to enjoy a meal in Hout Bay. There is a play area and jungle gym located in the sand to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy your meal. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. On the menu is a tasty selection of seafood, burgers and steaks. On Sundays they have a breakfast buffet. Open daily from 9am – 10pm. It is a popular eatery, bookings recommended. Beach Road, Hout Bay. Tel: +27 21 790 1876
Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay
Located in the working Hout Bay Harbour this vibey craft markets has a fabulous selection of tasty gourmet delights and innovative and creative crafts. A collaboration of boosting the local community, job creation and tourism this local market hits the nail on the head. Crafts are of the highest quality due to strict standards for traders. At the market you will find a selection of handmade local curios, artwork, vintage clothing, natural fabric linens, funky fashion, antique collectables, leather goods and more. There is a variety of food stalls to suit all taste buds and diets including banting and gluten free and plenty of sweet treats for the sweet tooth. Friday nights are all about live music, relaxing and getting into the weekend vibe. This market is definitely worth a visit to experience a vibrant South African culture.
Every Friday 5pm – 9pm, Saturday and Sundays 9:30am – 4pm. Hout Bay Harbour
*Prices correct at time of publising