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By the seaside…enjoying the South African Summer

December 24, 2014

hout bay

It’s the height of the summer season with sunny days and bright blue skies here at Penny Lane Lodge. Although we have beautiful beaches just down the road at Strand and Gordon’s Bay, there are a host of other wonderful coastal locations around the nearby Cape coast.

One of our favourites is Hout Bay, a pretty town located on the Atlantic Coast. The protective mountains of Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel surround the long sandy beach which is ideal for sandcastles, sunbathing, long strolls, swimming and water sports like sea kayaking, sailing, fishing and surfing, with the mountains above providing excellent hiking opportunities.

The lively Hout Bay fishing harbour is a working harbour for the tuna and crayfishing industries but also hosts many visitor attractions including boat trips to the Duiker Island seal colony, diving and sea fishing. Seals often come right up to the harbour front where locals feed them with the leftovers from the morning’s catch. There are several quayside cafes, but the main eatery attractions are the Lookout Deck Restaurant and the Mariner’s Wharf complex where you can sample some of the freshest local seafood whilst enjoying views across the bay.

seals at Hout Bay

There are numerous craft stalls on the quayside and an even greater range of stalls in the indoor Bay Harbour Market which is open every weekend. The main street down to the harbour has a variety of interesting small shops together with the Hout Bay Art Gallery and Ghuba Gallery featuring art by new and established local artists.

Kids of all ages will love the nearby World of Birds, the largest bird park in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the world. Over 3 000 birds of 400 different species, plus small mammals and three species of tortoises, are uniquely presented in a landscaped walk through a series of 100 large aviaries.

You’ll find something for all the family and a great day out at Hout Bay – all less than an hour’s drive from us at Penny Lane Lodge. We’d go just for the fish and chips!

fish and chips

 

 

 

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