Hout Bay forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park which has a large number of hiking routes and trails. Even though they do not fall into the Hout Bay area, they are easily accessible from the 'republic'.
There are a number of trails on Table Mountain, such as Skeleton Gorge, Platteklip Gorge and the Pipe Track. There is also Signal Hill and Lion's Head. Silvermine near Tokai offers some wonderful trails.
Hout Bay offers many attractions. There is the Hout Bay Museum, the World of Birds, and various Arts & Crafts shops as well as a popular Arts & Crafts market.
A 3 hour round trip, steady but easy walk up a rutted road which winds its way gradually up the mountain. Take safety precautions and drinking water.
Starts at the top of Bay View Road above Hout Bay Harbour
THE SENTINEL (KARBONKELBERG)
A scenic walk to the summit (800m) of the mountain that guards the entrance to the Bay.
The 12th peak in the Twelve Apostles range,
Accessible for most to attempt, it incorporates some rock climbing. It has incredible views of the mountains and the stretching coastline below.
From the top you can see as far as Gordon's Bay and the Hottentots Holland Mountains. In fact one is seeing two different oceans.
Between Karbonkelberg and Little Lion's Head in Hout Bay, the hike starts in Bay View Road. Follow a dirt path. There is some rock climbing involved though not demanding at all. From the top the view is majestic and awe inspiring.
ORANGE KLOOF NATURE RESERVE
The source of the Disa River, the Orange kloof nature Reserve offers a beautiful walk through nature, with its Milkwood tress and proteas and an abundance of other wild flowers around. The walk itself is easy and follows the forestry road. Mostly a dirt track, meandering through the kloof, eventually leading to the back of Table Mountain.