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HOUT BAY, CAPE TOWN
Hout Bay is situated on the Atlantic coast forming part of the Cape Peninsula and is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in South Africa and the world. ‘Hout’ is the Dutch word for timber and the name refers to the large timber forests which were in existence at the time when the first Dutch settlers arrived in the Cape at the beginning of the 16th Century.
Hout Bay is surrounded by majestic mountains covered with beautiful ‘fynbos’. Fynbos is Dutch for ‘fine leaved plants’. Fynbos plants are hard, tough and leathery leaved plants that bear an array of beautiful flowers. Flowers from the Protea and Erica families are well-known, including familiar bulbous plants from the Iridaceae family such as Freesia, Gladiolus, Iris, Sporaxis and Watsonia to name only a few. Hout Bay forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom – one of only five floral kingdoms in the world and boasting with as many as 1,300 species per 10,000 square kilometres of which 70% are found nowhere else in the world. Hout Bay has numerous mountain trails that enables one to discover the immense natural beauty of mountainsides that teem with birdlife, unique plants and rippling streams.
The harbour is an area that forms an integral part of Hout Bay life. Brightly coloured fishing boats return here each morning, bearing their bounty of fresh fish. The fishing tradition is one that has continued from generation to generation, and there are many families whose entire history is steeped in the salty spray of the sea. The fish predominantly caught in the Hout Bay waters are Kingklip, Kabeljou, Yellowtail, Cape Salmon and (seasonally) the famous Snoek. The traditional Snoek braai is enjoyed by all Hout Bay residents, whereby this large, gamey fish is grilled over an open fire under the starlight of Africa.
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HOUT BAY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Hout Bay, Cape Town