Hout Bay Harbour, South Africa
Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, meaning “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor. It lies in the valley on the Atantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula and is 20 km south of downtown Cape Town. The name Hout Bay can refer to the town, or the bay on which it is situated, or the whole valley.
While on the Cape Town Sightseeing Bus with the Essers, this was our third get-off point on the Blue Route. After exploring Kirstenbosch Gardens and Monkey Jungle (World of Birds), we were all looking forward to sitting down and enjoying some lunch at the Hout Bay Harbour.
There is a small white sand beach next to the harbour, but the wind almost always howls here so I have never seen anyone swimming or tanning here. The mountains around the bay make for perfect pictures and a magical view.
There is a fancy restaurant upstairs, and also a relaxed fish-serving cafe downstairs. As most the people passing through here are part of the Sightseeing Bus Tour, there is not much time to sit down for a full meal upstairs. A much better treat is the freshly fried fish and chips at the cafe. This is a favourite among South Africans, especially covered in salt and vinegar. There are also a number of souvenir shops here.
Justin and I went down to the beach to collect some sand for our Sand Ceremony. We would perform this ceremony at our wedding later this week. More on that coming soon.
Trying not to get strap tan lines.
Wedding Countdown: Four days until the BIG DAY!
Shark Biltong (jerky) – How interesting!
Nick dips his toes into the icy South Africa sea water.
Although the Essers are not big fans of seafood, they decided to try the famous fish and chips sold here. Sue ordered a “Surf Burger” assuming she would get a burger. When I told her that “surf” meant that the patty would NOT be made of beef, but rather fish, she was not impressed. She decided to give the burger a skip. We had fried Snoek and chips…
I brought Justin here for the first time two years ago. He tried the fish and loved it, so there was no doubt that he was ordering the same meal again!
Love love love.. Let’s get married already!!!!!!!
When the wind had blown us up and down the pier enough, we headed back towards the bus stop. As we neared the waiting point, the bus drove up. We all had to run to make it there before it pulled away. Close call!
A popular Fish and Chips store in Cape Town.
Isn’t that incredible?! The wind blows so much here that those houses are almost completely buried in sand. What a nightmare! >> Back on the bus. We decided to stay on the bus after the next couple stops. The view of the coastline was beautiful, and we were all beginning to get a bit tired.