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About Hout Bay

Although we endevour to make it all about you, here is a little bit about our Republic. 






Susan Sontag

Once Upon a Time...

When Dutch Settlers first arrived in the Table Bay region of the Western Cape (1652) they needed a great quantity of wood for building shelters and repairing ships etc. As there were no large forests in the vicinity, they began to search else where, they soon discovered that they would need to fell wood from a wetter valley that lay just on the other side of a low pass... (now known as Constantia Nek) The valley that locals and tourists a like now know as Hout Bay. (Hout meaning wood in Afrikaans, one of the South Africa's eleven official languages)


Originally our little valley comprised of only two, large farms but as time went on, those two large farms where slowly subdivided to make way for Urban expansion. Although the aforementioned urban expansion has placed  Hout Bay on the map as a bustling tourist destination in Cape Town, with visitors flowing in through our majestic mountain and sea passes to sample a little bit of our quaint fishing village, we were still able to maintain a small piece of our farm history and old world charm when, on 09 September 1960 the Original Kronendal Farm House was named a National Monument.



In addition to the Kronendal Farm House, other interesting national monuments, further adding to our rich heritage are East and West Fort. C. 1782 Hout Bay was seen as the soft underbelly of the Western Cape and was thought to be left open to invasion. Originally Established by the Dutch East India Company but later completed by the French Pondicherry Regiment, these battery sites can be found on opposite ends of Hout Bay, East Fort Located on 6.4 Ha of land can be found on Chapmans Peak Drive, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, West Fort lying South of East Fort just across the Bay can be located up on the hill in between the Bay Harbour Market and Fish on the Rocks, (two more of our World renowned tourist establishments.) Although both battery's buildings still lie mostly in ruin the 8 x 18 pdr Guns at East Fort have been restored, proofed and licensed by the "Gunners" Association and are sometimes fired to commemorate special occasions.  In 1930 both battery sites were declared National Monuments. 


Although best known as the busiest fishing Harbour in South Africa, Hout Bay also stakes claim to fertile farm lands, majestic mountains and passes and some lush Forrest as well. Because of our unique and diverse mix of Eco-systems as well as being  the Cultural Microcosm of South Africa as a whole, Hout Bay has earned the right to be its own little republic, one we are captivated by, daily. 

With that being said our diversity and love for this little slice of heaven has cleared way for some pretty amazing things to do here so you are fully able to immerse yourself in our rich heritage. 


....we love our little Republic and Hope you will too.