Cape Town is one of the most popular cities in South Africa and is home to many quaint towns like Hout Bay, which was named by the first governor of the Cape; Jan Van Riebeeck in 1652. It is a small town with a long history. This history is well documented at the Hout Bay Museum. The museum contains beautiful displays of the strandlopers of the Cape. The strandlopers lived here when the Europeans arrived with its early fishing industry.
Hout Bay is a lively coastal town with a great swimming beach and picture perfect harbour. Many consider the town to have the best fish and chips in the Cape. The town is situated between Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel and it is an easy and beautiful drive from the Cape’s city centre.
An intern trip to Hout Bay
Our if i could… Programme Assistant, Mbongeni Ngwenya and tourism intern, Lihle Mandlu took our interns for a glimpse of this quaint coastal town and a visit to its superb harbour market. The market attracts tourists from all over the world. The items on sale and the strong community feel is a great pull. In addition, you can find many articles online praising this little market.
After we had our peaceful tour around the market purchasing some beautiful handmade crafts, we decided to have lunch. However, the difficult part was deciding where to eat! There are a variety of magnificent restaurants in the area.
The residents are passionate about their town. The harbour has over 100 shopping stalls from delicious foods to handmade crafts, pottery, African designed clothes and ancient wild animal teeth. There is a host of other distinctive items to discover. We really enjoyed our time in Hout Bay. We chose to wrap the afternoon up by splashing around in the surf on the beach.
This trip to Hout Bay is just one of the incredible experiences on offer to aspiring changemakers who choose to intern in Cape Town.